CHP Releases Information on Saturday’s Big Rig Accident

(Photo provided by Susan Fox, local artist.)

CHP Press Release:

On Saturday, December 7, 2013 at approximately 1215 hours, 27 year old Joel Ruben Garcia, of Mendota, CA was driving a Peterbilt semi-truck pulling a Great Dane trailer with a load of lumber, traveling southbound on US-101, approaching Benbow, CA.  For reasons still under investigation, the semi-truck overturned onto its right side, sliding down the descending grade on US-101, before the tractor trailer came to rest.  Garcia complained of pain but refused to be transported to the hospital.  As a result of the collision, the lumber on the trailer spilled onto the northbound and southbound lanes of US-101.  Cal trans responded to the collision scene to assist with clearing the lumber from the traffic lanes.

US-101 was closed for approximately 15 minutes in all directions until the truck and trailer could be moved.  Cal-trans assisted with the road closure. 

The Garberville CHP is investigating this collision.

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