[UPDATE Tuesday] Multi-Car Traffic Accident With Extrication Shut Down Hwy 299
UPDATE 7:06 p.m.: According to the photographer, a head-on accident has completely closed Hwy 299. One vehicle is over the edge with a rappel team trying to get to the victims. Another vehicle is smashed in the road. There are injured on the ground with people holding tarps to keep the rain off as emergency personnel work on the injured.
Fieldbrook, Blue Lake, and Arcata Fire, as well as the Humboldt County Sheriff and CHP and volunteer bystanders, are all helping at the scene.
UPDATE 7:09 p.m.: We hear on the scanner that three are injured critically and one person is dead.
UPDATE 7:12 p.m.: According to the scanner, one teenager and four kids are left at scene. All other patients on the way to Mad River Hospital.
UPDATE 7:14 p.m.: There is no estimate of when Hwy 299 will reopen due to the severity of the accident. Please avoid the area if at all possible.
UPDATE 7:25 p.m.: Photos below are by Mark McKenna.
UPDATE 7:29 p.m.: According to photographer Mark McKenna,
nine seven people were transported to the hospital. Several of them children.
UPDATE 7:36 p.m.: According to Blue Lake Battalion Chief Ed Jones, he isn’t 100% sure on the numbers of those transported. He said when they arrived there were a lot of bystanders and it seemed like there were kids everywhere. At that point he wasn’t keeping track of numbers just trying to help everyone.
UPDATE 7:40 p.m.:
UPDATE 7:56 p.m.: According to Mark McKenna, our photographer, the CHP has started opening the highway to one-way controlled traffic.