Double-fatal Crash Closes 101 at Benbow


A double-fatal crash on U.S. Highway 101 south of Benbow Drive at 9:20 a.m. today has traffic being diverted off the highway in both directions.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a white sedan traveling northbound crossed into southbound traffic for unknown reasons and collided head-on with a gray hatchback. The vehicles came to rest partially blocking both southbound lanes.
The scene of the crash. - CHRIS ANDERSON
  • Chris Anderson
  • The scene of the crash.
Both drivers — the vehicles' sole occupants — were pronounced dead at the scene but officials have not yet released their identities.

See the full press release from CHP copied below:

On 12/18/2019, at approximately 0920 hours, a white sedan with one occupant was traveling northbound US 101 just south of Benbow Drive. A gray hatchback with one occupant was traveling souhbound on US 101 south of Benbow Drive. For reasons still under investigation, the white sedan crossed into the southbound lanes, directly into the path of the gray hatchback. The sedan struck the hatchback head on and both vehicles came rest partially blocking both southbound lanes. As a result of the collision, both drivers succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene. Northbound and southbound traffic is currently being diverted onto the off ramps to Benbow Drive.

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