Tuesday, October 3, 2023

[UPDATE]Vehicle Careens Off State Route 20 West of Willits Trapping Injured Occupant—Medevac Requested

[Stock photo by Matt LaFever]

Emergency personnel are working to extricate a motorist who suffered moderate to major injuries this afternoon after their vehicle went off an embankment west of Willits along State Route 20 and landed on its roof. Ground and air ambulance have been requested to the scene.

The Incident Commander told dispatch that the vehicle landed 300′ down the embankment. He reported that while the occupant who self-extricated experienced only minor injuries, the entrapped female occupant has wounds consistent with moderate to major injuries.

Originally reported around 5:41 p.m., the incident occurred when a vehicle went off State Route 20 around nine miles west of Willits.

UPDATE 6:29 p.m.: The Incident Commander told dispatch rescue crews successfully extricated the injured occupant and hauled them up 300′ feet to the road.

The air ambulance has been directed to meet first responders at Howard Hospital in Willits rather than land near the crash scene.

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 LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
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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