Old Arcata Road Closed Due to Traffic Accident, Some Residents Still Without Electricity
A collision with a power pole a little after 2 a.m. this morning left hundreds of Arcata residents without power for hours. The road is now closed north of the Bayside Cutoff and is expected to remain close until noon.
As of 6:45 a.m., power had been restored to all but about 60 customers in the area.
At least one occupant of the vehicle required an ambulance.
Update 11:30 p.m.: Press release from the California Highway Patrol:
On the morning of Thursday, September 17, a driver received minor injuries after losing control of the vehicle and colliding into a PG&E power pole.
Just after 2:00 am., 23 year old Forrest Anthony Hale of Arcata was driving a 2001 Toyota Tacoma on Old Arcata Road north of Bayside Cuttoff. For reasons still under investigation Hale lost control lost control of the Toyota. The vehicle collided into a PG&E power pole causing a power outage and blocking Old Arcata Road. Hale was transported from the scene by ambulance and taken to St. Joseph Hospital for minor injuries. Alcohol is being investigated as a factor in this collision.
Both lanes of Old Arcata Road were blocked due to the collision. PG&E is hoping to have one way traffic control open by 8am and having Old Arcata Road completely open by noon. Anyone who may be traveling in the area of Old Arcata Road is recommended to use an alternate route to avoid delays. The California Highway Patrol Humboldt Area is investigating this traffic collision.