Saturday, June 3, 2023

Head-On Collision Blocks Highway 20 Between Fort Bragg and Willits—Two Patients With ‘Serious’ Injuries

[Stock photo by Matt LaFever]

Scanner traffic and the California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information page indicate a two-vehicle head-on collision has left Highway 20 blocked almost equidistant from Willits and Fort Bragg.

Initial information indicates a collision occurred on a blind curve requiring traffic control measures. The nearest prominent landmark is Camp 20, a campground and recreational area in the Jackson Demonstration State Forest that is west of the collision.

One patient potentially broke their collarbone, another patient has chest pains, and one patient denied medical. The dispatcher relayed that Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office deputies at the scene characterized two of the patients as having “serious” injuries.

UPDATE 7:00 p.m.: Reports from the scene indicates one patient has minor injuries, one has minor to moderate, and one has moderate injuries. The patients are being transported via ground ambulance to a nearby hospital.

UPDATE 7:23 p.m.: The incident has been canceled and the roadway has been cleared.

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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