FATAL TRAFFIC COLLISION ON SR-96
Humboldt County, California – On Monday, January 11, 2016, a 2004 Ford Expedition was traveling on SR-96, south of Orleans, when it drove off the roadway and overturned.
At approximately 10:30 a.m., CHP officers responded to a traffic collision on SR-96, south of Orleans. A 2004 Ford Expedition, driven by, a 24 year old woman, of Orleans, for reasons to still to be determined, drove off of the roadway and overturned several times. It was determined the driver of the Ford was not wearing her seatbelt. As a result of this collision, the driver sustained fatal injuries. The passenger, an infant, age 2, of Orleans, who was also unrestrained, was uninjured and transported by ground ambulance to Mad River Hospital for precautionary purposes. SR-96 was controlled with one-way traffic for approximately three hours while Officers investigated the traffic collision. Alcohol or drugs are suspected to be a factor in this collision. The California Highway Patrol Humboldt Area is investigating this traffic collision.
The California Highway Patrol would like to take this unfortunate opportunity to remind motorist that regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to reduce fatalities in motor vehicle collisions.