McKinleyville man flown to Redding after major injury crash

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A McKinleyville man was airlifted to Redding Wednesday after a crash near Hoopa.


California Highway Patrol officers say if happened around 4:30 in the afternoon.

They say 49-year-old Kevin Antonsen was ejected from the water tender he was driving back from delivering water to a nearby wildfire.


Officers say he was coming down Big Hill Road when he took a curve too fast. The vehicle flipped multiple times down a 200-foot embankment, throwing Antonsen from the truck.


His water tender was being contracted by the U.S. Forest Service. Antonsen was flown to Mercy Hospital with major injuries. The Highway Patrol is investigating if he was wearing his seatbelt, and if a mechanical issue with the truck was a factor.