[UPDATE 8:05 p.m.] A Van and Motorcycle Collide on Broadway
UPDATE 6:35 p.m.: Multiple people appear to be injured, according to traffic on the scanner.
UPDATE 6:37 p.m.: A van and a motorcycle and a parked car appear to have been involved.
UPDATE 6:40 p.m.: Southbound traffic is backed up to the Bayshore Mall. Scanner traffic indicates that traffic may be diverted off Broadway. Please avoid the area if possible.
UPDATE 6:49 p.m.: One southbound lane is open at 6:48 p.m.
UPDATE 6:53 p.m.: All patients have been transported to St. Joseph Hospital, according to talk on the scanner.
UPDATE 6:55 p.m.: News photographer Mark McKenna is on the scene and sends us this photo:
UPDATE 7:15 p.m.: According to an eyewitness who declined to be named, the motorcyclist was legally splitting the southbound lanes of Broadway just past the lights at Pierson’s when a van came out of Chin’s Restaurant, apparently not seeing the motorcyclist. The motorcycle collided with the door of the van. The motorcyclist was ejected and the bike continued on into the parking lot of the Comfort Inn and hit a parked red Honda.
The motorcyclist appears to be badly injured, according to the eyewitness.
Traffic is slow in both directions and is down to one lane around the accident.
UPDATE 7:16 p.m.: One person has major injuries, according to the Eureka Police. The number of patients sent to the hospital has not yet been released. EPD said both the driver of the van and the motorcycle driver were taken to the hospital. The accident is still under investigation.
UPDATE 8:05 p.m.: Photo of the van by Dieter Jauernig UPDATE Tuesday: Law enforcement has released more information. Click here for more information. Eureka Man Died When His Motorcycle Collided With a Honda Odyssey
In addition, the eyewitnesses who spoke to us yesterday wants to be clear that the motorcyclist was not splitting the lane at the time the Honda pulled in front of him. The motorcyclist was in the slow lane traveling at approximately the posted speed when the van pulled in front, she said.