The following is a press release from the California Highway Patrol:
On October 26, 2013, at approximately 4:20 PM, a 1993 Toyota towing a horse trailer driven by Tracy O'Connell of Rio Dell was driving westbound on State Route 36 in the vicinity of milepost 36-HUM-25.79. The 1993 Toyota also contained a dog and the horse trailer contained multiple cats (no horses). For reasons still under investigation, Ms. O'Connell lost control, left the roadway, and overturned. The trailer disconnected from the 1993 Toyota during the collision. No other vehicles were involved. Ms. O'Connell was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision and sustained major injuries. There were no roadway closures as a result of this incident.
The California Highway Patrol - Humboldt Area responded to the scene and is conducting the investigation. Emergency personnel from the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Department and City Ambulance also responded to the scene. Personnel from Miranda's Rescue responded and took responsibility for animal care at this incident. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.