UPDATE From the California Highway Patrol:
HUMBOLDT, Calif. – On the evening of Sunday, August 10th, a single vehicle collided head-on into a tree on State Route 36, east of Hydesville, resulting in multiple fatalities and major injuries.
At approximately 4:30 pm, a 2002 Dodge Dakota pickup truck was traveling westbound on State Route 36, just east of Fisher Road, when it veered to the right off the roadway edge and collided head-on into a tree. Four of the vehicle’s eight occupants including the driver, one male and three females, were pronounced deceased at the scene. The remaining four occupants were transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital with major injuries. The male driver was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision and seatbelt usage among the remaining occupants is still under investigation. Several of the occupants were in the rear of the pickup truck when it collided into the tree. Two dogs were rescued from the vehicle, one having sustained major injuries. The occupants’ names are being withheld pending family notification.
DUI as a factor in this traffic collision is being investigated, but has not yet been confirmed or ruled out. The California Highway Patrol is investigating this traffic collision.
The CHP would like to acknowledge the quick response and outstanding efforts by Caltrans, Calfire, Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department, Carlotta Volunteer Fire Department, Humboldt County Coroner’s Office, Humboldt County Sheriff Animal Control Unit, and Buddy’s Towing.
This collision is the deadliest traffic collision investigated by the CHP in Humboldt County in nearly 14 years.
August 10, 2014 6:30 pm
Four people were killed in a vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on State Route 36.
A truck was traveling westbound near Fisher Road at around 4:30 pm when for an unknown reason went off the roadway.
Matt Harvey of the CHP confirms three females and one male has died. Four other victims have major injuries and were transported to the hospital.
Two dogs in the vehicle survived the crash.
The cause is under investigation.