Scanner traffic and the California Highway Patrol indicate Highway 101 is blocked south of Willits after a cow wandered onto the asphalt and was struck by two vehicles.
Around 10:05 p.m. a cow was reportedly in the center divider of Highway 101 near the Willits exit on the south end of the bypass and the owner was on the way to the scene.
Approximately ten minutes later, the cow wandered onto the roadway and was struck by a vehicle in the southbound lane.
At least two vehicles would strike the bovine causing one party to be injured. The Incident Commander described the injury as “walking wounded.”
CHP has shut down the Willits Bypass and redirected traffic to Highway 20 until they clear the roadway.
UPDATE 10:51 p.m.: The Incident Commander reported CHP is working to clear the animal from the roadway and estimated the roadway clean up will take approximate 15-30 minutes.
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