[UPDATE: Reopened] Fatal Accident Closes Highway 101 at Leggett
Around 2:40 Scanner dispatch called to California Highway Patrol announcing there has been a traffic collision at Leggett in northern Mendocino County on the 101 at mile marker 91.21
A reader wrote 2:50:
“Any idea why 101 has come to a screeching halt north of Laytonville? Son is in stopped traffic, ambulances trying to get through, and folks in cars traveling opposite him (he is headed north) are signaling them to turn around.”
Will update as soon as I learn more. in the meantime, please remember it is the first rain of the season and use caution
[UPDATE 3.06PM] brief conversation with CHP Garberville office. Officer did not have additional information except that the incident is at the junction with Highway 1 at Leggett. He, however, did not know whether closed is both directions.
[UPDATE 3:25] a KMUD caller who was in that area explained that travelers can use the 271 that goes from the 101 junction with Highway 1 past the Leggett school and the drivethrough tree to South Leggett exit and get around the accident safely.
UPDATE 5:25 p.m.: Reader Laura Cochrane who took the following photo said this was a three car accident and one person was killed. There were multiple serious injuries, according to Cochrane. She believes that a southbound Toyota Tacoma swerved into northbound traffic hitting an SUV and killing the driver and seriously injuring a passenger of the sedan behind that. The driver of Tacoma has a broken leg, she said, but the passenger is okay.
We want to stress this is not the official final report but the opinion of one person who was at the scene.
UPDATE: The road is reopened.