[UPDATE JUNE 22 4:38 P.M.] Fatal Accident North of Eureka on Hwy 101 in Early Hours of Friday
According to Oliver Cory, our reporter on the scene, at approximately 1:30 this morning (Friday) a vehicle [a red Ford Contour] crossed over the center divide as it was traveling northbound just south of the railroad tracks north of Eureka. The vehicle overturned. California Highway Patrol Officer Darron Drefke stated, “It appears the driver was ejected and was pronounced on scene.” A coroner was requested. The victim was a woman.
UPDATE 3:16 A.M.: According to Drefke, the vehicle overturned multiple times and no other people appear to have been involved in the accident. The victim has not been identified yet because CHP is attempting to notify next of kin. We’ll post more photos as soon as possible. –Oliver Cory
[Reporter’s Note: There is a photo of a body bag below. Do not scroll down if that is too graphic for you. –OC]
UPDATE 3:59 A.M.: Another photo.
UPDATE 9:32 A.M.: Here’s the area where the accident occurred.
On June 19, 2015, at approximately 1:30 AM, a female driver was travelling northbound on US-101 near Cole Ave. in a 1996 Ford. Based on witness statements, the driver was at speeds of 80-100 mph, when she lost control of the Ford, and rolled across the southbound lanes of US-101. The Ford came to rest near the railroad tracks west of the highway, and the driver was ejected as a result of the collision. Eureka Fire, City Ambulance, and the California Highway Patrol responded to the scene. When fire and medical crews arrived on scene it was determined that the driver had suffered fatal injuries as a result of the collision. The driver was the sole occupant of the Ford, and no other parties were involved in the collision. The driver’s identification is being withheld, pending notification through the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the collision.
UPDATE JUNE 22 4:38 P.M.: The Coroner’s Office has confirmed the identity of the woman who died in the accident as Bridgette S. Bailey, 31, of Eureka.