[UPDATE 5:05 p.m.: Victim Identified] CHP Says Honda Civic Was on Wrong Side of Road in This Morning’s Fatal Crash
At approximately 5:55 a.m., a 43 year old male, from the Mad River area, was driving a 2000 Honda Civic on SR-36 at mile post marker 10.41 [on Hwy 36]. At the same time Brandon Barnwell, of Bridgeville, was driving his 1994 fully loaded Peterbilt log truck westbound on SR-36. For reasons still under investigation the Honda Civic was traveling eastbound completely within the westbound lane of SR-36. The Honda and the Peterbilt collided causing the log truck to roll onto its side, spilling its load onto the roadway, blocking both lanes of traffic. The driver of the Honda succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the collision. This collision is still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol. The identity of the driver of the Honda Civic is being withheld pending family notifications.
UPDATE 5:05 p.m.: The CHP reports, “The victim in the fatal traffic collision from this morning on SR-36 has been identified as Joseph Daniel Westcott, 43 years old, of Mad River, CA.
Earlier Chapter: Hwy 36 Closed After Logging Truck Spills Load; One Fatality