[UPDATE: Traffic Back to Normal] Solo Driver Taken to Hospital After Pickup Hits Tree in North Arcata

Traffic CollisionTraffic is backed up on Giuntioli Lane offramp in north Arcata after a solo driver lost control of their pickup truck a little after 5 p.m., resulting in a collision with a tree at the north side of the roundabout, according to traffic over the scanner.

Passersby found the driver unconscious and slumped over the steering wheel of the vehicle. The first reports state that the driver may have suffered a seizure, leading to the loss of control and the subsequent crash.

The victim was transported to a nearby hospital for medical attention. The identity of the driver has not been released to the public at this time.

Caltrans QuickMap shows traffic backed up as of 5:40 p.m.

Caltrans QuickMap shows traffic backed up as of 5:40 p.m.

Please remember that information gathered from initial reports is subject to revision as more facts become available.

UPDATE 6:11 p.m.: A reader sent in a photo of first responders at the scene of the crash.

Crash on Guintoli laneUPDATE: Traffic is moving normally.

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OverthehillD
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3 months ago

SLOW THE FUCK DOWN !! WAY TO MANY WRECKS LATELY

Chuck U
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Chuck U
3 months ago

The tree sacrificed itself for Mort’s sculpture. Good tree.

Over Due Offramp!
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Over Due Offramp!
3 months ago

When the hell are they going to finish the 299 north bound 101 onramp??? What a joke – fleecing of our $ – they rebuilt the world trade center faster! Finish the job!

willow creekerD
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3 months ago

Off topic but I will agree. All the road work projects are super slow and it really affects our economy. Time wasted =money wasted in our economy. Trucking costs. Leaving work early to be on time. It adds up.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
3 months ago
Reply to  willow creeker

That is nothing. The 101 bridge replacement on Hunter Creek north of Klamath has taken even more time. I have even forgot when the project began, but it is still going on.

George Ponnay III
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George Ponnay III
3 months ago

They had the onramp and offramp to Blue Lake closed at the same time the other day. Sheesh. Southbound ramp to 101 is to be closed as well per the signs, but I’ve learned not to trust those either.

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Pass that j
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Pass that j
3 months ago

Driver might be type 1 diabetic with way low blood sugar at time of collision. Might not be.

pcwindhamD
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pcwindham
3 months ago

This has to be a medical issue. Please don’t rush to judgement.

IKE REAGAN
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IKE REAGAN
3 months ago
Reply to  pcwindham

covid vaccine for sure

The sky is falling.......
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The sky is falling.......
3 months ago
Reply to  IKE REAGAN

Appears there is always a political mental person posting on every story on this site.

Tweety Bird
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Tweety Bird
3 months ago

No kidding…it’s very entertaining sometimes, other times appalling in the insensitivity, lack of empathy and compassion.

Earthquake weather again this morning
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Earthquake weather again this morning
3 months ago
Reply to  pcwindham

Nothing wrong with their right foot pushing the pedal!

Me
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Me
3 months ago

It absolutely amazes me the people that are so quick to make fun of folks that may very well have medical conditions that cause situations like this.
In a way, I would like for these uninformed assholes to personally know what it’s like. Just for a few minutes, not the possible lifetime for the folks that have those medical isdue.
Maybe they wouldn’t be so quick to judgement.

Timb0D
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3 months ago

It is evident to me that some people driving in roundabouts here in the SoCo region like to speed through them pretending that they are participating in a Roadkill or Fast and Furious episode.

StoptheplanetIwantoffD
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3 months ago

Those roundabouts are a bit too much for some drivers.

DanD
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Dan
3 months ago

In California, we struggle to keep our coastal interstate alive, in the Faroe Islands
they build roundabouts underwater.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVD0hG-_5gQ&t=37s&ab_channel=TheB1M

Bug on a Windshield
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Bug on a Windshield
3 months ago

I’ve seen a lot of folks fly through those, and other, roundabouts, but never so fast as to cause them to be slumped over the steering wheel after crashing in the middle of the roundabout. Perhaps some other jackwad tried entering the roundabout in front of her, cutting her off, causing her to swerve and lose control. That happens so much more often. Although, I suspect it was medical.

Whatever the cause, I hope she fares well.