[UPDATE 10:42 a.m.] Well Drilling Rig Overturned; Power Lines Across Road

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A big rig large well drilling truck overturned snarled in live power lines near the Zenia post office at approximately 7:53 a.m., according to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page. The Zenia Lake Mountain Road is currently blocked by the live lines.

Trinity County Sheriff, Cal Fire, Alderpoint Fire, Southern Trinity Volunteers, Garberville Ambulance, Zenia Fire are responding.

PG&E is also on their way but estimate they won’t be there until 9:45 a.m.

UPDATE 8:35 a.m.: Zenia Lake Mountain Road is blocked at mile marker 22.5, according to the Trinity County Sheriff.

UPDATE 10:42 a.m.: Updates on the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page indicate that the vehicle overturned is not a semi as originally reported. Instead it is a large, heavy duty, 3AX Well Drilling Truck.



  • It’s become a normal thing to have a flipped big rig each and everyday, I used to worry about the drunk drivers and killing my family. Now I’m more worried of these murder machines

  • I hear ya Gazoo, there accident rate is at an all time high. Part of it I’m guessing is from un local drivers hauling soil, or Mabey the newer trucks seem to handle better allowing faster speeds, I don’t know, but it’s very alarming and they should ever be out on Zenia Rd!! And I feel bad for all the Dads having to go out on Father’s Day to handle this. The truck company should pay for this!

  • I am so tired of the Rand-Mcnally mapping thing the truck drivers use to plot their course. Too many drivers get directed over the van duzen / Zenia bluffs road as a ‘short cut’ to garberville from red bluff.
    Our roads up here are being beat to death by dirt trucks and these big rigs. This one being over turned where it is means I may not be able to get home today.
    Just got out of the hospital after 18 days, 9 in ICU.
    I want to go home.
    Map apps need to take into account number of axles and length of rig etc before indicating a viable route.

  • Veterans friend

    Used to be 50 loaded log trucks a day on that road. No skill

  • Could these roads be posted no trucks over a certain weight? Then if a large truck is seen traveling the road, it can be stopped by law enforcement and the bill of lading checked to see what the destination is. If the driver does not have a delivery on that road, they get a ticket.

  • maybe one of the punk pot growers ran the rig off the road when cutting a corner? Find out the facts folks and don’t blame the driller-yet. He was doing his job so more people can get stoned. No water-no pot.

  • Local company or out of town company poaching local work? #8thgenfam

  • Veterans friend

    3rd headline for this story. LOL

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