A 63-year-old Redway man died Monday evening after his truck went off U.S. Highway 101 south of Redcrest and down a steep embankment before hitting a tree, according to the CHP.
The man, whose name has not yet been released, died at the scene. The crash, which happened around 5:20 p.m., remains under investigation. Read the entire CHP release at the end of the article.
A vehicle is submerged into a creek after it crashed off U.S. Highway 101 just south of Redcrest near mile marker 38.04, according to a dispatcher relaying information from a witness over the scanner.
An ambulance and Redcrest firefighters have been requested to respond to the scene Code 3 (with lights and siren on).
UPDATE 5:48 p.m.: Eel River Technical Rescue has been requested by the Incident Commander who is at the scene of the crash.
UPDATE 6 p.m.: The CHP traffic information page is reporting that the coroner has been requested. In addition, the number 2 (or outside) southbound lane is now closed.
Read the CHP release below:
On January 4, 2020, at 5:17 PM, a 63-year-old male out of Redway, California was driving a blue 2017 Chevy Silverado pickup truck on US-101 Southbound, south of Redcrest, when he drove off the west roadway edge. The Chevy traversed a steep embankment and collided head-on into a tree before coming to rest on its wheels at the bottom of the embankment.
The male driver and only occupant of the vehicle sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. At the time of the collision, the roadway surface was wet due to recent rainfall. The driver was wearing his seatbelt, and DUI as a factor will be determined upon the completion of the collision investigation.
The California Highway Patrol Garberville Area office is investigating this traffic collision.