Two From McKinleyville Dead After Traffic Accident Near Orick, Says CHP


The Peterbilt truck involved in the accident is parked alongside 101 to the left under the tree.

The Peterbilt truck involved in the accident is parked alongside 101 to the left under the tree. [Photo and info provided by a reader]

Press release from the California Highway Patrol:

On 05-23-2018, at approximately 1320 hours,a red Chevrolet Silverado pickup was traveling southbound on US-101, south of Bald Hills Rd. For unknown reasons, the pickup traveled off the west roadway edge and overturned onto its side. The pickup then slid into the northbound lane of traffic where it collided with a Peterbilt tractor trailer being driven by 50 year old James Rumble of Crescent City. Emergency personnel responded and the driver of the pickup, along with a passenger, were pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the tractor trailer was uninjured. The Humboldt County Coroner responded and transported the deceased parties from the scene. Identification of the driver and passenger are pending notification of next of kin by the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office.

Both lanes of US-101 were blocked and one way traffic control was conducted for several hours until the roadway could be cleared.

Alcohol or drugs as factors in this collision remains under investigation.

This collision is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol and anyone with information related to this collision is encouraged to call the Humboldt Area CHP office at 707-822-5981.

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Earlier Chapter: Pickup and Semi Crash Near Orick



  • Sad to read this. May their families be given all the support to make it through this horrific loss. And may Mr. Rumble get all the care and help he needs in the aftermath of this accident.

  • Kym, I’m wondering why your headline for this indicates the deceased are from McK. I’m not getting that from either of the press releases.

  • Kathryn Tikkanen

    I was caught up in this on the way home from CC today – we were stuck for 1.25 hours. So sad ~

  • carole-hummingbird segura

    This accident was pretty bad. I am praying for the two women who lost their lives. As I waited in traffic it was heart breaking to know that lives were lost. Blessings of love and light~

  • Veterans friend

    Thank goodness the truck driver was uninjured. Traumatized no doubt, but going home

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