Fatal Accident on Hwy 299 Last Night

CHP Feature FatalityPress release from the California Highway Patrol:

On 10-30-2017 at approximately 2054 hours, Humboldt CHP Dispatch received a report of an accident with an injury on SR-299 at MPM 10.00. Humboldt CHP Officers responded and located both a 2003 Ford F-250 and a 2015 Fabform trailer lying on their roofs.

The initial investigation revealed that the 2003 Ford F-250 was pulling a 2015 Fabform two axle bumper pull dump trailer and was traveling westbound on SR-299 when Mr. Cox, for an unknown reason, made an unsafe turn to the right. The vehicle traveled onto the north shoulder of SR-299 where it struck an upward sloping dirt embankment. The force of the impact caused the Ford to overturn and both the Ford and Fabform trailer came to rest blocking both westbound lanes of SR-299.

Mr. Cox sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision. Mr. Cox was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the traffic collision. The
Blue Lake Volunteer Fire Department, the Humboldt County Coroner Officer, CAL Trans and Buddy’s Towing service responded to the scene to assist. This collision is still under investigation.

The Humboldt CHP would like to advise motorists with inclement weather approaching to do the following:
• Slow down • Allow extra time to get to your destination • Leave extra distance between you and the car ahead • Gently apply brakes to avoid skids • Open a window a crack if caught in stalled traffic to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning

Prior to heading on a trip perform the following BAD WEATHER CHECKLIST:
• Tires with plenty of tread • Windshield wipers in good condition• Washer full of fluid • Gas tank full • Defroster working

Motorists should carry the following:
• Tire chains and tighteners • Flashlight and batteries • Flares • Small shovel • Windshield scraper

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