Thursday, December 7, 2023

Early Morning Traffic Collision on Willits Grade Proves Fatal

[Stock image by Matt LaFever]

One person is dead this morning after a traffic collision at the top of the Willits Grade portion of Highway 101.

A sedan collided with a truck around 4:04 a.m. this morning approximately 1.5 miles south of Willits in an area described as the ‘top of the ridge.’

In the aftermath of the collision, reports from the scene indicate a “male subject was lying on the roadway” in the area of CAL FIRE’s Howard Forest Station.

As soon as emergency personnel arrived on the scene and checked for injuries, they reported a “confirmed 1144”, meaning a deceased individual

The two vehicles reportedly came to rest in the roadway and Caltrans was deployed to the scene to close the southbound #2 lane of Highway 101.

As of 7:02 a.m., the Caltrans Quickmap does not show any traffic impediment or lane closures still affecting the area.

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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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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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