Wednesday, December 7, 2022

[UPDATE: Roadway Clear]Sedan Strikes Animal on Highway 101—Northbound Lane Blocked Near Ridgewood Summit

[Stock image from Matt LaFever]

Around 9:20 p.m., scanner traffic and the California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information page indicated a sedan struck an animal on the northbound lane of Highway 101 north of CALFIRE’s Howard Forest Station near the Ridgewood Summit.

The vehicle is reportedly blocking the slow lane. There are no injuries. Traffic control is being established to secure the scene while a tow truck makes it to the area.

UPDATE 9:59 p.m.: The Caltrans Quickmap indicates the roadway is clear and traffic is flowing smoothly in the area.

Scanner traffic confirmed that the animal involved in the collision was a deer.

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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