[UPDATE 8:01 p.m.: CHP Releases Info] Loaded Big Rig Rolled 100′ Off Embankment on Hwy 101 Near Leggett
About 2:55 p.m., a loaded big rig went off Hwy 101 south of Leggett, according to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page. The rig reportedly is approximately 100 feet downhill from the road. An ambulance is responding to the scene as of 3:07 p.m. but isn’t there yet.
The truck and its cargo are off the road but there will be emergency vehicles responding to the area so please be alert.
UPDATE 3:54 p.m.:According to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page, one southbound lane of 101 is closed and one person has been transferred to Chico by air ambulance.
UPDATE 8:01 p.m.: Press release from the California Highway Patrol.
On 11/14/2017 at approximately 1450 hours, a 2017 Peterbilt tractor/trailer combination hauling lumber driven by John Michael Turner was traveling south on US-101 southbound, south of the South Leggett overcrossing. Turner allowed the combination of vehicles to drift off the west road edge down a dirt embankment causing the tractor trailer combination to overturn and the lumber to spill onto the embankment. One lane of US-101 southbound was closed for emergency vehicles. As a result of the collision, Turner sustained major injuries and was transported to Enloe Medical Center by Reach AirAmbulance
Cal Fire, Leggett Volunteer Fire Department, City Ambulance and Reach Air assisted with medical aid and Caltrans assisted with traffic control.
This incident remains under investigation by the Garberville CHP Office and DUI does not appear to be a factor.