CHP Releases Information on Yesterday’s Multi-Vehicle Accident
This is a press release from the California Highway Patrol. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On Saturday, November 7th, at approximately 9:20 in the morning, a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by Latonya King, was traveling south on US-101 near milepost marker 76.00 in Mendocino County. A 2008 Kenworth tractor pulling a loaded tank trailer, driven by Kevin James, was traveling north on US-101 near the same milepost marker. Approximately two weeks prior to the date of the collision, the roadway in this area had been repaved, however, the lane markings had yet to be painted on the asphalt surface. The section of US-101 where the collision occurred has two lanes of travel (one for northbound traffic and one for southbound traffic) that are divided by a 12 foot wide gore section. These lanes were marked temporarily with adhesive reflector tabs to denote the lanes and gore section. For reasons still under investigation, both King, driving the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu and Hanson, driving the 2008 Kenworth, were traveling within the gore section section of the highway. Both parties were unable to avoid a collision and subsequently, the 2004 Chevrolet collided with the 2008 Kenworth, within the gore section. Both vehicles came to rest within the southbound lane of US-101.
A third driver, Phillip Floyd, was driving a 1995 Toyota Pickup in the southbound traffic lane, behind King on US-101 at the time of the collision. After the Kenworth collided with the Chevrolet, it also collided with the Toyota Pickup, causing minor damage.
As a result of the collision, King was trapped within the driver seat of the Chevrolet Malibu. Members of Cal Fire and of the Laytonville Fire Department succeeded in extricating her from the vehicle. King was then airlifted by CalStar helicopter to Mercy Medical Center in Redding, CA. All other involved drivers and passengers were uninjured.
Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this collision. For your safety and the safety of others, always be vigilant of roadway markings, and when in doubt, err on the side of caution.
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