[UPDATE 3:25 p.m. One Confirmed Dead After Accident on Hwy 96
One person is trapped with “possibly with major injuries,” according to an officer on the scene after a silver Nissan Frontier crashed at mile marker 3 north of Noble Drive on Hwy 96 about 8 a.m. this morning. An air ambulance has been requested as well.
Willow Creek Fire, Hoopa Fire and Hoopa Ambulance are all headed to the scene, too.
The vehicle is off the roadway but beware of emergency vehicles if you are traveling in the area.
UPDATE 8:28 a.m.: Northbound lanes are being shut down.
UPDATE 8:33 a.m.: The vehicle is 40 feet over the embankment, according to the California Highway Patrol Incident page.
UPDATE 8:45 a.m.: One patient is confirmed dead. There are other patients.
UPDATE 9:49 a.m.: The roadway is open.
UPDATE 3:25 p.m.: This is a press release from the California Highway Patrol:
On February 27, 2016 at approximately 8:00 a.m., 34 year old Stormy Joy McConnell of McKinleyville was driving her silver 2000 Nissan Frontier southbound on SR-96, north of Trinity Valley Farm (MM 3), at an unknown speed. 46 year old Toni Rae Peters of Crescent City was properly restrained in the front passenger seat; a 9 year old male juvenile from McKinleyville was seated in the rear passenger area. For unknown reason, Ms. McConnell lost control of her vehicle, drifting in an easterly direction, and crossing the northbound lane of SR-96. The Nissan then traversed over the roadway edge and down the hillside where it collided with an oak tree. It was daylight, cloudy and the roadway was wet from earlier rains (not raining at time of collision).
Emergency personnel from the Willow Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Salyer Fire Department, and Hoopa Ambulance responded to the scene to provide emergency medical care.
Ms. McConnell was pronounced deceased at the scene. Ms. Peters and the 9 year old male juvenile were transported to Mad River Community Hospital with moderate to major injuries. It does not appear impairment was a factor in the collision, however; CHP continues to investigate the collision.