Sandbagged: Occupants of Pickup Crash Injured/Maple Hills Road Closed Because of Cargo Spill
This is a press release from the California Highway Patrol. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 06/15/2018, at approximately 0535 hours, Troy Smith of West Sacramento, CA was driving a 2003 GMC Sierra south on US-101 north of the French Rd. under-crossing. For reasons still under investigation, Smith allowed the GMC to travel off the east roadway edge of US-101 and down the tree covered embankment. While traveling down the embankment the GMC collided with a tree. The GMC continued in an easterly direction towards Maple Hills Rd. The GMC then collided with the roadway were it over turned, the cab of the GMC detached from the frame and came to rest within the roadway of Maple Hills Rd. As a result of the collision, Troy Smith sustained suspected moderate injuries. The passenger in the GMC, Robert Smith of West Sacramento, CA also sustained suspected moderate injuries. Both parties were transported to St. Joesph Hospital in Eureka, CA by City Ambulance of Eureka. Additionally, the GMC had been hauling a load of sand bags which spilled into the roadway on Maple Hills Rd. causing a full closure of Maple Hills Rd. for approximately two (2) hours.
Cal Fire, Redway Volunteer Fire, Miranda Volunteer Fire, and Redwood Towing all responded to the scene and assisted the California Highway Patrol during this incident.
This incident remains under investigation by the Garberville CHP Office and alcohol or drugs does not appear to be a factor.