[UPDATE Tuesday] Slide Hampers Search for Missing Family in Crash off Hwy 96
When a car went into the Klamath River about 7:30 p.m. yesterday, the husband reportedly climbed the steep sides and called for help for his wife and child/children. Rescuers eventually believed they had located where the vehicle had gone into the river but, they were unable to locate the actual vehicle or, the family. Today, the search continues but the weather and a slide that collapsed have hampered efforts.
In the early hours today, a slip out on Hwy 96 (see photo of it yesterday below) grew much worse. The highway had to be closed as there was no pavement left according to one account heard on the scanner.This is hampering attempts to reach the crash scene. A Coast Guard helicopter has again been requested.
According to the California Highway Patrol Incident Page, the vehicle is a dark blue Toyota. The vehicle may be a Yaris.
either an Aristo or a Taurus. We’re unclear.
Caltrans is going to attempt to open the area through the slide enough to allow a search and rescue boat through to the crash scene.
Multiple agencies and departments were at the scene last night including the Orleans VFD, The Willow Creek VFD, the Happy Camp VFD, Hoopa Ambulance, the California Highway Patrol and the Siskiyou County Sheriff.
Earlier Chapter: Family’s Vehicle in River; Husband Climbs Embankment