Scanner traffic and the California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information indicate a head-on traffic collision on Highway 101 just south of the Ridgewood Grade has resulted in a fatality and the closure of Highway 101 in both directions.
Initial reports from the scene indicated a red truck collided head-on with a white two-door sedan
The following statement was issued by the CHP regarding the closure:
FATAL TRAFFIC COLLISION *
US101 NEAR MM 42.1
CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS DUE TO A TRAFFIC COLLISION
UNKNOWN ESTIMATED TIME OF OPENING
PLEASE USE ALTERNATE ROUTES OF TRAVEL
UPDATE 1:26 p.m.: A second traffic collision has occurred near the initial head-on collision. Scanner traffic indicates this second traffic collision occured on the Highway 101 north of the initial collision involving one vehicle off the roadway.
Also, as per and update from the Willits Police Department, “One-way traffic control is back in place for Highway 101 north & southbound lanes. Please drive safe and allow for extra time in your travels as heavy traffic is still in the area.”
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.