[UPDATE: Traffic Open Both Directions] Highway 20 Shut Down After Fatal Head-On Crash Requiring Extrication 

A CalTrans Camera showing traffic stacking up east of the collision [Photograph from CalTrans]

At approximately 4:13 p.m. two vehicles collided head-on near the intersection of Highway 20 and Marina Drive requiring the closure of the eastbound lane Highway 20. One patient is reportedly deceased and two of the others are suffering moderate to minor injuries.

An air ambulance has been requested to the scene and one of the patients is requiring extrication for the vehicle. The Incident Commander requested additional units respond to the scene because “a lotta help” is need for the extrication.

The CHP Incident Information page indicates a “long-term closure” will be required as a result of this accident.

The CalTrans Quickmap indicates the eastbound lane of Highway 20 has slowed to a crawl.

CalTrans Quickmap showing the current state of traffic in the area [Photograph from CalTrans]

UPDATE 6:15 p.m.: The California Highway Patrol is reporting that Highway 20 should reopen around 7:00 p.m.

Traffic is still at a standstill as first responders clear debris from the roadway [Photograph from CalTrans]

UPDATE 7:51 p.m.: As per the scanner, Highway 20 is now open in both directions.

Traffic starting to move on Highway 20

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,

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  1. The locals have no idea how to drive(in the rain?). Is what’s causing this. I was in Ukiah today and a lady driving southbound on State St. was using the northbound #1 lane as a turn lane turning eastbound on Talmage Dr. Something happens to the brains around here when (it rains?). It’s come to a point where I will plan ahead an not travel in wet weather.

  2. Sitting here waiting for the highway to open up so I can go home. Sitting here thinking how lucky I am to be sitting here waiting. Somebody’s heart is breaking because somebody died in the crash that shut down the highway. Somebody had to be extracted out of a vehicle and someone is injured bad enough to be life flighted. And I am thanking God I am able to sit here waiting.

    • My daughter’s is. It was her daddy. I’m not sure what to do to comfort her. I feel totally overwhelmed by her grief. Mines there too but hers is killing me.

      • Jill, I love you guys. Jesus. I don’t know what to say.
        I’m praying. So much loss for such a young girls heart.

      • I am so sorry for your loss. And I am sorry for your daughters as well. May he rest in Gods loving Arms! May God ease you and your daughters grief!

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