One Dead After Accident Near Leggett Today
On 09-02-2016, at approximately 2:20 P.M., a 2007 Toyota Tacoma, towing a 2014 Kodiak trailer, was driving southbound on US-101, north of Cummings Road in Mendocino County. For unknown reasons, the Toyota made a turning movement to the right and ran off of the west side of US-101. The Toyota and the Kodiak trailer descended a moderate downhill embankment that caused the trailer to overturn and the Toyota to collide head on into a tree. The Toyota and Kodiak trailer came to rest on the embankment facing a southerly direction.
A driver who had witnessed the Toyota run off of the road, parked south of the collision scene and then walked back to check. He made notification to emergency services and waited for their arrival. When emergency personnel arrived, the driver [a 62-year-old
manwoman from Silver City, Nevada] was determined to be unconscious and was extricated from the Toyota. Life saving measures were attempted, however, the driver was declared deceased by Laytonville Fire Department personnel at the scene.
Members from the California Highway Patrol, Leggett Volunteer Fire Department, Cal Fire, and Laytonville Fire Department were present and assisted at this traffic collision.
At this time the collision is still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this collision. The identification of the driver is currently being withheld pending the notification of next of kin.