[UPDATE 12:21 p.m.: Fatal Crash] 101 Closed South of Willits After Crash

Traffic backed up on 101

Traffic backed up on Hwy 101. [Photo from Ric LeGendre]

Today, at approximately 8:58 a.m., two vehicles collided on Hwy 101 south of Willits by the Reeves Canyon Road. An ambulance responded.

All four lanes of Hwy 101 were shut down for a time. According to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page at 9:35 a.m., the CHP is trying to open one lane in each direction. The witness who sent the photo said the traffic was beginning to move very slowly.

UPDATE 10:24 a.m.: One-way traffic in effect now. Video of the accident scene below provided by Ric LeGendre.

UPDATE 10:48 a.m.:

One of the vehicles in accident on a flatbed

One of the vehicles on a flatbed. [Screengrab from video below provided by a reader ]

UPDATE 12:21 p.m.: All lanes are open now according to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page. However, the accident is now being listed as a fatality.



  • I was writing to an old friend yesterday. I mentioned that the fires, like the rains, made Humboldt into an island of sorts. With 299 and 36 iffy at best, there is little or no access to the east, and a couple times a week 101 is closed for several hours between here and Willits because of traffic accidents.

    I would have LIKED for this to be an exaggeration.
    Then I read the news this morning…

  • My heart goes out to the people in this accident. It looks to be horrific. Blessings to family and friends also.

  • I was traveling south this morning came up on this accident about a minute or so after it happened. Looked real bad. Chp and cal fire showed up shortly after. My condolences to the families. May they find peace through this tragedy.

  • I was also about a minute behind this horrible accident. I am so saddened by this. Sending love and prayers to both families.

  • I’m so sorry For your loss. My condolences to the family

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