[UPDATE 3:54 p.m.] Major Injury Accident on Old Arcata Road This Morning
Note: At the request of Arcata Fire, a photo they previously posted has been removed as when enlarged it showed the hand of the victim.
About 4:37 a.m., a solo vehicle crashed into a utility pole on Old Arcata Road near Stephens Lane. The vehicle, a black 2006 Nissan sedan, wrapped around the pole and was destroyed.
Sgt. Gabe Parker with the California Highway Patrol said the male driver received major injuries in the accident and was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital. He added that it did not appear to the investigating officer that alcohol or drugs were involved.
In spite of damage to the pole, power did not go out in the area. Sgt. Parker said the accident “damaged the bottom of the pole but PG&E was able to secure it.”
UPDATE 3:54 p.m.: Arcata Fire released the following statement:
At 04:39 AM Arcata Fire District responded to a vehicle vs. pole crash at the intersection of Old Arcata Rd and Stephens lane. The first arriving engine found a small sedan with significant damage and intrusion of the pole into the passenger compartment and a single occupant trapped inside. Two Arcata engines, one Humboldt Bay Fire engine, one rescue and Battalion Chiefs from both Arcata and Humboldt worked for over 30 minutes to free the trapped occupant while Arcata-Mad River Ambulance Paramedics provided patient care. At one point four “jaws of Life” tools were being used. The patient was transported to St Joseph’s Hospital with major injuries.
Other agencies at scene were the California Highway Patrol, Arcata Police Department and PG&E. Samoa Peninsula Fire District and CalFire provided district coverage while Arcata units were committed. Arcata Fire District would like to remind everyone to drive safely this winter season.