Saturday, January 28, 2023

Two Vehicles Collide on Highway 101 North of Hopland— Utility Pole Compromised— Moderate and Minor Injuries


Scanner traffic that began around 7:39 p.m. indicates two vehicles have collided on Highway 101 near the intersection with McNab Ranch Road between Ukiah and Hopland.

The collision reportedly resulted in both vehicles coming to rest in the northbound lane, one of the vehicles leaning down an embankment.

One patient has moderate injuries and two have minor injuries, the Incident Commander reported.

The Incident Commander is reporting that a PG&E utility pole has been sheared and there is the potential that power lines could fall near the roadway.

[Screenshot from the Caltrans Quickmap]

The CalTrans Quickmap indicates that traffic is backing up in both the north and southbound lanes, with the northbound lane markedly more affected.

UPDATE 9:29 p.m. The CalTrans Quickmap still indicates traffic is slowed in the area of the collision. A tow truck is on its way to the scene.

The following photographs were sent to use by reader Elias Laughton

The truck in the ditch and personnel gathered around the sheared utility pole [Picture provided by Elias Laughton]
[Picture provided by Elias Laughton]
This shot demonstrates the significant lean of the utility pole [Picture provided by Elias Laughton]

UPDATE 10:53 p.m.: The CHP Traffic Incident Information page indicates the incident has been determined to be a “major injury” accident. At this point, the Caltrans Quickmap indicates the collision is still affecting southbound traffic.

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 live in Henry Station Road. No traffic anymore when I came through, around 12:30am, they were working on the utility pole.

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