Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Hazardous Materials on Highway 101 in Hopland Slow Traffic

CHP and Hopland Fire directing traffic [All photos by Matt LaFever]

Sunday afternoon traffic on Highway 101 through Hopland is slowed due to a hazardous materials situation in the roadway.

Originally, around 1:31 p.m., a bag of sulfur reportedly fell into the roadway and began smoking necessitating Hopland Fire, CAL FIRE, and the California Highway Patrol to respond.

Sulfur on the roadway

Upon arrival, first responders partially blocked a section of Highway 101’s northbound lane as they away Caltrans and a hazardous material team to officially identify the material and then clean the roadway.

Traffic piling up in the southbound lane

Traffic is backed up in both directions and CHP, as well as Hopland Fire personnel, are directing traffic.

UPDATE 4:15 p.m.: The Hopland Fire Incident Commander reported the roadway is clear from the hazardous material and the Caltrans Quickmap indicates traffic is flowing smoothly.

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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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 matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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