Cows Again Loose Near Loleta After Causing Multiple Crashes Including a Semi Crash Early This Morning and a Major Injury Crash Last Night
Press release from the California Highway Patrol:
Earlier Chapter: Cows, Cars, and Crash Close 101 Near Loleta
On 08-28-2018, a little after 6 PM, the California Highway Patrol Humboldt Area received several calls reporting cows out in the roadway on US-101 near the Loleta Drive exit. CHP Officers responded and assisted the owner in moving several cows back through an opening in the fence. At just after 8 PM, CHP responded to a vehicle collision on US-101 at Loleta Drive. A female driver, 19 year old Alexandriah Sae Lim of Fortuna, was traveling southbound and collided with two cows in the roadway. Ms. Sae Lim suffered major injuries and was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Eureka. One of the cows died as a result of the collision and several citizens helped to move it out of the roadway.
On 08-29-2018, just after 2 AM, a semi driven by 38 year old Angel Mercado Ramos of Daly City, was traveling southbound on US-101, south of Loleta Drive, when it overturned in an attempt to avoid a collision with a cow in the roadway. The semi was transporting scrap metal, which spilled across the lanes of traffic. Two additional non-injury collisions were reported as a result of vehicles hitting the scrap metal debris in the roadway.
The southbound lanes of US-101 were closed for several hours while the debris and semi were removed from the roadway. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department Livestock Deputy is responding to make contact with the owner of the cows. The California Highway Patrol, along with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, is working with the responsible parties to ensure the cows are secured and no longer a danger to the motoring public in the area.