[Update 12 p.m.: Photos] Accident in 101 Safety Corridor

Emergency personnel are at the scene of a accident near the intersection of Highway 101 and Indianola Cutoff. The accident happened before 10:30 a.m. today. According to the scanner, two people are injured and at least one person is trapped in a vehicle. We’ll post updates when we hear more.

Update 10:45 a.m.: One person has been extricated from a vehicle, another person is still trapped.

Update 10:56 a.m.: According to a reader, a grey Scion “box-type car” and a black (possibly Nissan) SUV were involved in the collision. Scanner reports indicate that the second person has just been extricated from a vehicle.

Update 11:07 a.m.: A reader says the accident was on the northbound side of the highway.

Update 11:45 a.m.: Photos from Caltrans District 1’s Facebook Page:

Update 12 p.m.: A reader sent us this photo of the Scion that was involved in the collision:




  • Any description of what types of vehicles were involved? My sister is not responding to calls or text messages.

  • I wish they’d put a better sign up to show cars are merging into traffic heading north off Indianola cutoff, its amazing how out of it many drivers are on the corridor, have seen so many close calls there. Its annoying at times but theres a reason its 50mph!!! So many times people fly by at 65mph and then I end up next to them at the light in eureka. Its just not worth speeding.
    They will end up closing both cutoffs instead of craxy overpass ideas if people dont slow down.
    I can only hope its the speeders and tailgaters getting in accidents- hopefully they’ll learn from it.

    C’mon chp, get it together!!!!
    I drive the corridor often and every time I see someone without lights on speeding while texting or talking on phone. I am sick of having to pay the same car insurance as these idiots!

    • Lost Croat Outburst

      Of course we all hope for the best and we do not know many facts on this accident. That said, I agree that we have a huge number of just plain terrible drivers. Speeding, texting, phoning, grab-assing and failing to adjust speed to suit the weather. These corridor intersections have wide-open visibility. But you have to DRIVE.

  • Indianola merge lane is too short. I always take Old Arcata Rd all the way to Arcata instead. Don’t like that on ramp. Also VERY high percentage of cell phone users in the “safety corridor”.

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