[UPDATE 3:52 p.m.] 101 Closed between Hwy 1 and Peg House in Northern Mendocino

Traffic backed up.

Traffic backed up. [Photo provided by Alysha Valier]

Traffic is backed up in both directions on Hwy 101 in northern Mendocino between Hwy 1 and the Peg House. At 12:53 p.m. a Jeep went off the roadway and down the embankment at approximately mile marker 93.9, according to the California Highway Patrol Incident page. The vehicle apparently struck a pole because pole is down and a live line is across Hwy 101. PG&E is out to approximately 350 customers. PG&E is estimating that service will not be restored until about 5:45 p.m.

CHP dispatch says only northbound is closed by a reader is telling us that traffic is stopped in both directions.

UPDATE 2:30 p.m.: According to Alysha Valier, southbound traffic began moving a few minutes ago. She said, “Looks like they let about 15 cars go north in the beginning then stopped both ways for a bit,” Then she said that southbound traffic began going. This sounds like the pattern for one-way controlled traffic but we caution that this has not yet been confirmed.

UPDATE 2:47 p.m.: An occupant of the Jeep was taken to Jerold Phelps Hospital.

UPDATE 2:57 p.m.: According to the California Highway Patrol Incident page, The northbound lanes are open. One of the southbound lanes is open.

UPDATE 3:17 p.m.: Power has been restored to all but 16 customers, according to PG&E.

UPDATE 3:52 p.m.: Traffic is moving fairly smoothly through the site. Here’s a photo by Alysha Valier of the downed pole and traffic puttering past it.

Downed utility pole

Downed utility pole still blocks one lane of Hwy 101.[Photo by Alysha Valier]

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