[UPDATE SUNDAY] Fatal Accident Closes 101 North of Willits, According to Witness
A semi and another vehicle collided. The one vehicle caught fire with at least one occupant inside. The semi spilled an entire load of lumber across the roadway.
Southern Humboldt resident Chris Brannan who provided the photos here reports that he was one of the first on the scene. “We all ran down with fire extinguishers and started pulling the wood off of the road to get the emergency vehicles a lane…while others pulled the bodies out and started CPR.”
He said, “I watched them pull one body from the burning SUV…nor sure if there was another one…Then they were starting CPR on what those closest said was the truck driver…although I can’t confirm this.”
UPDATE 2:51 p.m.: According to Brannan, “Fire is out…emergency vehicles on site…the officer by me is speculating that 101 will be closed for a while due to the fatalities/investigation…”
UPDATE 3:18 p.m.: According to Brannan, the truck driver is alive and another reader is reporting to us that she spoke to a family member who says that he is okay.
We want to caution that these are unconfirmed reports in an ongoing emergency situation. Please remember that information gathered from initial reports is subject to revision as more facts become available.
UPDATE 3:29 p.m.: Brannan reports, “A loader is pushing the lumber out if the way now.”
UPDATE 3:36 p.m.: Brannan reports that a Coroner’s van is on scene now and the road is still closed.
UPDATE 3:43 p.m.: Brannan reports there is one-way controlled traffic now.
UPDATE 4:39 p.m.: Alan Krause sent us these photos from the scene:UPDATE 5:30 p.m.: One reader described sitting in traffic for over an hour. She provided this video of the tow truck with the burned vehicle.