Friday, March 31, 2023

[UPDATE: Traffic Now Open] Two-Vehicle Traffic Collision with Major Injuries Shuts Down Highway 20 Near Lake Mendocino


Scanner traffic and the California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information page indicate a major injury traffic collision has occurred near the intersection of State Route 20 and Marina Drive along the northern shore of Lake Mendocino. The lanes were closed to provide time for first responders to extract a party from one of the involved vehicles.

Two air ambulances have been requested to address some of the injured parties.

The CalTrans Quickmap indicates traffic is significantly impacted by the incident with traffic stopped in both directions.

Scanner traffic at one point indicated an elderly male was being treated for major head trauma.

The collision is reportedly between a silver Dodge Ram truck and a red sedan, both experiencing major damage.

UPDATE 12:50 p.m.: The Incident Commander reported that traffic is now open.

Also, Mendocino County Animal Control has been requested to the scene to pick up dogs associated with the accident.

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.



  1. I had a customer who came down from Potter Valley, he told me about the accident claiming it took him an hour to get out of the area on hwy 20.

  2. hey I was first on scene on this accident I know he had a seven-year-old little girl and a wife or girlfriend they were walking around fine I’m hoping he made it he lost a lot of blood and I want to thank the second person that came over and offered help dead stop traffic for us and I want to especially think the second person behind me is it cut up the green towel it helped a lot and trying to control his bleeding and if anybody knows him I’d like to know if he made it or not!!!
    Any body got information about he’s health please let me know !!!
    Darin woodruff

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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs to be told.

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