Friday, March 31, 2023

Fatal Traffic Collision East of Clearlake Oaks

Scanner traffic and the California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information page indicate a fatal traffic collision occurred near the intersection of State Route 20 and State Route 53 on the east side of Clear Lake.

Approximately four miles east of Clearlake Oaks, a vehicle reportedly veered off the roadway and first responders reported to dispatch a fatality resulting from the accident.

There are no reports of road or lane closures but commuters should assume emergency vehicles will be in the area.

Between Mendocino and Lake County, this is the third fatality reported on our rural roadways in the last 12 hours. The first occurred in Leggett, the second near Boonville, and now this evening in Lake County.

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.



  1. Highway 20 is very dangerous and needs a barrier I’m sure the fatality rate is much higher they’re just not reporting all of them. If the state was smart, they would ban big rigs , from Clearlake Oaks Highway 20 and 53 to Highway 20 and 29. No trucks over 28 foot should be on that road section. My opinion. And the second is to have a barrier divider put up from upper Lake Highway 20 all the way to Highway 101 Ukiah . To prevent head-on‘s.

  2. Why doesn’t this inform of the time or the date, without subtracting ‘2 days’ from the date on which I’m reading?
    Also your sentence structure in paragraph 2 could be made be more clear and less clumsy. I had to re-read it because the idea of the responders reporting and dispatching an already-deceased victim seemed odd and unlikely (but within the realm of possibility). Thanks for your time.

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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 if you know a story that needs to be told.

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