[UPDATE Tuesday] Family’s Vehicle in River; Husband Climbs Embankment
After a traffic accident this evening, a man who was “bloody” climbed up from his vehicle which was in the river off of Hwy 96. He requested help for his wife and child who were still “in the [vehicle] still in the river.” The incident is reportedly at mile marker 41.85 which is south of the Salmon River Road and north of Orleans.
As of 7:35 p.m., Hoopa Ambulance and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office are responding Code 3 (with lights and sirens.) Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has been requested to respond also.
UPDATE 8:06 p.m.: “…His wife and kid is in the car…We’re trying to find a way down to it,” reports emergency personnel from the scene.
Happy Camp Fire has also been requested to respond.
UPDATE 8:17 p.m.: The incident commander just said to dispatch, “Check with the Coast Guard. See if they can respond….Current conditions: moderate snow.”
UPDATE 8:32 p.m.: Emergency personnel at the scene report, “We’re not able to reach the vehicle.”
Emergency personnel responding on Hwy 299 are warned that chains are required on Berry Summit. Snow and fog are impeding the search.
UPDATE 8:45 p.m.: When asked what he needed, the Incident Commander said, “A boat and a helicopter would be ideal. A technical rescue team I believe is responding….Myself, 85, and some [?]’s are going to attempt to slip past at Whitmore Creek that will take us to the river. We’ll have to hike east about a quarter mile. We still have not laid eyes on what we understand is three victims.”
UPDATE 8:53 p.m.: The California Highway Patrol Incident Page reports that Salyer Fire is responding with a boat to the scene.
UPDATE 9:05 p.m.: Here’s a map that shows with a red marker where the accident is said to be and the white dot where Whitmore Creek intersects with Hwy 96.
UPDATE 9:35 p.m.: The dispatcher reports that they are still waiting on the Coast Guard Helicopter to respond.
UPDATE 9:50 p.m.: According to the California Highway Patrol Incident Page, the “search party has found where [the vehicle] entered the river but have …not found the [vehicle].”
UPDATE 9:55 p.m.: A boat has left Eureka and, according to the CHP Incident Page, “will need [a] snow plow escort…through Willow Creek.”
UPDATE 10:20 p.m.: A slide has come in on Hwy 96 between Hoopa and Orleans. The road is now only passable by small vehicles, according to the California Highway Patrol Incident Page. That does not bode well for the boat coming from Eureka.
UPDATE 11 p.m.: Caltrans is showing a slide at the same mile marker as the accident. The slide was reported at 10:36 p.m. Scanner traffic suggested that Caltrans advise that there be no school buses through there tomorrow until a contractor can check and see what can be done.
UPDATE Midnight: The California Highway Patrol have removed the incident from their site. We have not heard a direct reference over the scanner for some time. The last we heard suggested that a search would begin in the morning.
Our hearts go out to the family and to all of you hoping through the evening with us. Good night. May you and yours be safe.
UPDATE 8:25 a.m. Monday: We’ve requested more information from the California Highway Patrol and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.
UPDATE: Moving to new page: Slide Hampers Search for Missing Family in Crash off Hwy 96