[UPDATE 5:05 p.m.] Multiple Accidents Snarl Roads and Send Injured to Hospital

Icy conditions sent vehicles spinning on Hwy 101 near College of the Redwoods. [Photo by Mark McKenna]

The weather has completely snarled roads throughout Humboldt County. As of 4:19 p.m. there are eight accidents in Humboldt. Here’s a glimpse of what the California Highway Patrol Incident page shows.

Vehicle off the road

Black Kia spun off the Hwy 101 by College of the Redwoods. [Photo by Mark McKenna]

“We’ve got cars all over the place,” said emergency dispatch in reference to accidents near Tompkins Hill on Hwy 101 but she could have been talking about county and state roads throughout the area.

Rather than do separate posts, we’ll do the best we can to keep you updated here.

At approximately 3:50 p.m., multiple vehicles went off Hwy 101 in the northbound lanes just north of the Hookton Road exit. (See earlier story here.)  First a black Kia spun out. Then a Jeep stopped on shoulder and to help. According to Officer Andrew Howell of the California Highway Patrol, a Yaris going too fast for conditions struck the Jeep. A red Dodge Neon swerved to miss them all. It went off the road and was stuck in the mud temporarily.

The owner of the Jeep stated that he pulled over and was trying to help the people in the Kia. He looked up, saw the Yaris and knew it was going too fast. He told his buddy get out of the way. They both jumped out of the Yaris’ path just in the nick of time.

Ultimately, an ambulance carried five people to the hospital from that accident.

We’ll be updating on other accidents below as we sort them out.

UPDATE 5 p.m.: A few minutes before 4 p.m. a Nissan Frontier struck the embankment about 1.5 miles from Hwy 101 on Hwy 36. Power lines were knocked down. One person was sent to the hospital. Approximately, 160 residents lost electricity. There is no estimated time for the power to be restored.

UPDATE 5:05 p.m.: About 4:30 p.m. a grey and gold van hit the roadside on Hwy 299 near Cedar Creek Road west of Willow Creek. No one was injured.



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