[UPDATE: All Clear] Four Vehicle Accident Near Myers Flat on Hwy 101
UPDATE 12:09 p.m.: CHP spokesperson tells us that all four lanes are blocked. A motorhome, a Suzuki
motorcycle and other vehicles are involved. We don’t know the exact situation but there was an arrest.
UPDATE 12:23 p.m.: One lane of controlled traffic is now open. Expect delays.
UPDATE 12:45 p.m.: Photo of the traffic backup on Hwy 101 provided by a reader.
UPDATE 12:50 p.m.: Old scanner tapes indicate that the CHP was chasing a stolen vehicle for failure to yield. Speeds were over 110 mph.
UPDATE 1:11 p.m.: Caltrans’ Facebook page says, “Northbound traffic is being diverted into one southbound lane while crews clear the scene, and traffic is now flowing in both directions without a detour.”
UPDATE 1:45 p.m.: A reader, Marnie Nunnemaker, sends us this video and tells us that these were the vehicles involved:
A pickup with a trailer load of PVC
Another pickup with a trailer hauling a BobCat
A motorhome pulling a car
A small car.
UPDATE 1:46 p.m.: A frequent commenter, Sageman, states below, “Crazy chick nearly clipped me @ 95 with CHP on her tail and lost it on the curves before Myers and then got out of the car and “tried” to run…they had spike strips at Myers waiting for her from what I heard so she wasn’t gonna get far…nobody injured….freeking miracle…good job to all the first responders.”
UPDATE 2:09 p.m.: Lt. Matt Eberhardt of the Fortuna Police tells us that the vehicle being chased was stolen from the Riverwalk area of his town. He explained, “A civic minded citizen was picking up garbage and left his keys in the car…The next thing he knows his car is gone.” The Fortuna Police were still taking the report when the California Highway Patrol began the chase. “We heard they had someone in custody,” he said.
UPDATE 4:42 p.m.: As of 3:11 p.m., Highway 101 is completely open.