Garbage Truck Overturned Near Willits, Driver Has Major Injuries

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Caltrans provided this photo of the overturned semi which closed Hwy 101 for hours yesterday.

Press release from the California Highway Patrol:

On 02-09-2016 at approximately [11:44 a.m.], Jose Nieto was driving a semi truck (Solid Waste of Willits) S/B on US-101 south of Walker Road. This collision occured when the driver attempted to negotiate a 20 mph curve and overturned.  The semi truck was towing a 45′ trailer loaded with garbage. The semi truck slid on its side and hit the K-rail. No other vehicles were involved. Jose was transported for major injuries to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Alcohol is not considered to be a factor in this collision. The roadway was closed for approximately 6 hours for clean up and removal of the semi truck, trailer, and garbage. This collision is still under investigation.

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