Saturday, January 28, 2023

[UPDATE] Vehicle Smashes Into Tree Along Highway 101 South of Hopland—Walking Wounded Reported

Hopland Fire and California Highway Patrol at the scene of the traffic collision [Picture by Matt LaFever]

Scanner traffic and the California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information Page indicate a single vehicle collided with a tree around 7:14 p.m. off the northbound lane of Highway 101 south of Hopland. The vehicle reportedly descended an embankment approximately 50 feet resulting in a “walking wounded” party.

Reportedly, a witness described the vehicle passing unsafely before the collision occurred.

Another witness described watching one of the involved “throwing unknown items out of the vehicle into bushes after” the traffic collision.

UPDATE 8:00 p.m.: This reporter went to check out the scene and it looked as if a sobriety test was being conducted by CHP.

Scanner traffic indicated first responders were having difficulty locating anything in the bushes that might have been ditched by the driver as originally reported.

Traffic is not impeded 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.


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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced largely by the urban elite. 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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