Sunday, January 29, 2023

Take Caution: Roadways Littered with Traffic Accidents as Sunday Rains Fall on Mendocino County

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Today’s rains have proven problematic contributing to multiple vehicle accidents across county roadways.

As of publication, an accident off Highway 101 left two with major injuries, and throughout the county accidents caused vehicles to be thrown 50 feet, on one occasion 100 feet off the roadway.

Roadways that have been impacted this morning include Highway 101 between Hopland and Cloverdale and Highway 20 between Willits and Fort Bragg and others.

As we write this, scanner traffic indicates that a Ford Mustang spun out on Highway 101 near the Burke Hill Road exit, collided with another vehicle, and is now resting in the center median.

There have also been numerous reports of debris in the roadway such as large rocks

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration describes how the first rain after prolonged dry spells mixes with the oils common to the roadways creating a slippery roadway.

Drivers, please generally slow down, allow extra space for oncoming traffic, use your headlights, and be vigilant of roadway conditions.



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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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