[UPDATE 11:03 a.m.: Open] Box Truck Crashes, Highway 101 Diminished to One-Lane South of Willits

A jumble of first responders and traffic this morning on the Willits Grade [Photo from the Caltrans Quickmap]

Traffic on Highway 101 south of Willits on the Ridgewood Grade has been diminished to one lane this morning after a box truck crashed reportedly spilling diesel fuel in the roadway.

The California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information page indicates a box truck crashed in the southbound lane of Highway 101 around 5:01 a.m. just south of the quarry on the Willits Grade coming to rest near the center divider. Immediately reports of diesel fuel leaking from the wreck into the roadway were sent to the dispatcher.

As a result, Highway 101 has been diminished to a one-way traffic operation from Ridgewood Road to Mariposa Creek Road and hazardous materials crews work to secure the scene. As per the Caltrans Quickmap, officials estimate the road to reopen to full traffic around 10:00 a.m. today.


Please remember that this story is unfolding. Information is being reported as we gather it. However, some of the information coming from witnesses and initial official reports could be wrong. We will do our best to get the facts but, in the case that something is inaccurate, we will update with correct information as soon as we can.


UPDATE 7:23 a.m.: According to the CHP page, Cal Fire is reporting there was no fuel spill. QuickMap shows traffic is still moving slowly through the area.
UPDATE 8:37 a.m.: Caltrans Quickmap shows the road has reopened.
UPDATE 11:03 a.m.: photo provided by Alena Voiselle Musgrave.
The box truck atop k-rail in the center divide

The box truck atop k-rail in the center divide. [Photo provided by Alena Voiselle Musgrave]

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I am a robot
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I am a robot
1 month ago

That is a nasty corner.

Guest
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Guest
1 month ago

It’s straight where he crashed.

Martin
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Martin
1 month ago

Clever parking on the driver’s part. All kidding aside, it could have been much worse by crashing into a vehicle or vehicles. Happy the driver was not hurt, except for his pride.

Me
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Me
1 month ago

Drove past the spot an hour ago. Being repaired now. Based on what I saw, the driver was heading northbound.

Korina42D
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1 month ago

Kudos to the k-rail for doing an excellent job. Glad no one was hurt.

thetallone
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thetallone
1 month ago

Fell asleep?