Two Vehicle Collision With Major Injuries Closed Hwy 299 for About an Hour This Morning
About 9:38 a.m., two vehicles collided on Hwy 299 west of Willow Creek. “There were three patients, two with major injuries,” reported Nathan Falk, Chief of Willow Creek Fire. “One of the vehicles went over the bank. Hwy 299 was closed for 45 minutes to an hour.”
Emergency personnel requested a medical helicopter due to the nature of the injuries and Blue Lake Fire responded to prepare a landing zone. However, according to Falk, the helicopter couldn’t make it due to weather.
“One of the major injuries was still over the bank when we arrived,” Falk said. “[W]e had to go down and do a rope rescue,” Falk said.
Hoopa Ambulance carried the two critically injured patients to town. The third person refused further medical attention and left the scene.
Multiple agencies responded including the California Highway Patrol, the Humboldt County Sheriff and Hoopa Ambulance.