A 59-year-old Fortuna man suffered major injuries Tuesday when for unknown reasons the tow truck he was driving drifted off State Route 36 east of Riverside Park Drive and hit a tree, the CHP reports.
The driver was take to St. Joseph Hospital for treatment. The crash remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the California Highway Patrol.
Both lanes of State Routes 36 are blocked as of about 1:45 p.m. and an ambulance headed to the scene of a collision involving a tow truck and a tree near mile marker 11 east of Carlotta, according to dispatch, according to emergency personnel on the scene.
An air ambulance was also requested.
The tow truck driver needs to be extricated from the vehicle.
Bridgeville Fire, Carlotta Fire, and Fortuna Ambulance are responding to the scene.
UPDATE 2:11 p.m.: The truck driver has been extricated. According to scanner traffic, emergency personnel hopes to have the westbound lane open in 15 to 20 minutes.
UPDATE 2:39 p.m.: A ground ambulance is taking the truck driver to a local hospital. He has several broken bones. The air ambulance has been canceled.
The CHP release:
On 10-06-2020, at approximately 135 PM, Humboldt Area CHP responded to a single vehicle collision on SR-36 east of Riverside Park Dr. A preliminary investigation by CHP revealed that 59 year old David Mangin of Fortuna was driving a 2016 Dodge Ram flatbed tow truck eastbound on SR-36, east of Riverside Park Rd.
For unknown reasons, Mr. Mangin allowed the truck to travel off the north side of the road and collide with a large tree. Mr. Mangin suffered major injuries as a result of this collision.
Emergency medical personnel responded to the scene and subsequently transported Mr. Mangin to St. Joseph Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Impairment is not considered a factor in this collision. The CHP Humboldt Area Office is continuing its investigation into this collision and asks anyone with information to contact the Humboldt Area CHP Office at 707-822-5981 or send an email to
Editor's Note: This post was updated from a previous version to correct the number of vehicles involved in the collision. The Journal regrets the error.