A three-vehicle traffic collision on Highway 101 south of Hopland led to a car fire and possible injury this evening
Reports of the incident began around 9:22 p.m. indicating a black Ford Mustang was engulfed in flames in the northbound lane of Highway 101 just south of mile marker 3.18 near Frog Woman Rock.
Arriving at the scene of the incident around 9:37 p.m., the Incident Commander reported that three vehicles were involved including one tractor-trailer. Firefighters successfully knocked down the flames just minutes after arriving at the scene. An air ambulance was requested due to an injured party at the scene but later canceled.
The California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information page indicates that the reporting party was yelling at a man entrapped in the vehicle who appeared not to be getting out of the burning vehicle.
Scanner traffic indicates that there had been reports that the involved Ford Mustang was seen driving recklessly in the area just prior to the collision.
The Caltrans Quickmap indicates traffic is snarled in both the north and southbound lanes.
UPDATE 10:05 p.m.: The California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information page indicates the injury that resulted from the incident has been classified as “minor”
The photograph below was sent to us by someone stuck in the northbound traffic jam that resulted from the incident.
UPDATE 10:18 p.m.: The Caltrans Quickmap still indicates that traffic is heavily affected in the area of the collision. Photographs sent to us from the scene show first responders still clearing the roadway and hauling the vehicles from the area.
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.