One Dead in Crash Near Crescent City
Yesterday, about 2:30 p.m., a Saturn sedan crossed into the opposite lane of traffic on Hwy 101 south of the Mill Creek Campground and collided with a Winnebago motorhome. The male passenger in the sedan was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The CHP also released the following information,
The two occupants of the motorhome were transported to Sutter Coast Hospital and treated for minor injuries. Three occupants of the Saturn were transported to Sutter Coast Hospital and treated for their injuries.
According to Jeremy Stafford, he was the third person to arrive on the scene and was there within a minute of the accident. “The amount of rain…was brutal and made it very dangerous,” he explained.
It was obvious that the occupants of the sedan were badly injured, he said. One of the occupants of the motorhome had some first aid training and stepped in to help, he wrote. He said that efforts were made to resuscitate the male front passenger who had no pulse but it was unsuccessful.
“The driver lady in her 40s or 50s or 60s, had a broken leg,” Stafford wrote. “Back driver side was a male kid under 10 years old with a bad laceration to [his] head, we applied a towel and any medical [gauze] we had to help slow the bleeding.”
But the image Stafford said he couldn’t get out of his head was that of the young woman in the rear passenger side. “[S]he was conscious…had a pulse but was in critical condition when we arrived…[W]e immediately administered cpr when she lost consciousness, finally when emergency crews arrived on scene, we were able to cut the car open and remove her.”
He stated that the emergency medical personnel hooked a machine up to her and continued CPR as they drove away. “She left the scene unconscious,” he wrote.
“I can’t get the image of it all out of my head,” Stafford explained. “Before she lost consciousness the look of distress and helplessness in her eyes makes me pray she made it.”
Hwy 101 was closed for about an hour and then one way traffic control was set up until the roadway could be re-opened. The CHP says, “The cause of the collision is under investigation.”
“The whole accident was so unfortunate and the roads were insanely slippery,” Stafford said.
Earlier Chapter: 101 Closed South of Crescent City After Accident