[Update 7 p.m.: Major Injuries] Vehicle Crashes into Tree on Highway 101
Emergency personnel are at the scene of a vehicle accident in the Arcata area. The accident happened around 3:30 p.m.
Early reports indicate the vehicle
rolled over and crashed into a tree near the Sunset exit. The vehicle involved is a Chrysler 200, according to the California Highway Patrol incident page.
Update 3:51 p.m.: According to the scanner, there was a small fire in the engine compartment of the vehicle.
Update 3:58 p.m.: The incident page says the accident is near St. Louis Bridge on the shoulder of the highway.
At 3:56 p.m., the classification of the accident was changed to a minor injury accident.
Update 7 p.m.: Ricky John Damassa, 53, of Arcata suffered major injuries as a result of the collision, the California Highway Patrol said in a press release today. Demassa was taken to Mad River Community Hospital to be treated for his injuries. The possibility that the crash was due to Demassa driving under the influence has not been ruled out, and the collision is still under investigation.