Southbound traffic on Highway 101 was backed-up for miles Tuesday following a crash involving a large truck hauling crushed grapes and a pickup truck pulling a camper trailer.
The crash occurred around 10:18 a.m. Aug. 8 and Firefighter Twenty Three of the Hopland Fire Department was first on scene, explaining that he found a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck pulling a camper trailer that had crashed head-on into the side of a semi-truck hauling grape pomace.
Three said he immediately began using the Jaws of Life to extricate the male driver from the pickup truck, then a Ukiah Valley Fire Authority truck arrived and those crews extricated the female passenger from the vehicle.
Witnesses described the crash as completely blocking the southbound lanes of Hwy. 101 with traffic being routed past one lane at a time.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the truck hauling crushed grapes was being driven by a 65-year-old Hopland man who was northbound on Hwy. 101 just north of McAsey Lane when he encountered traffic that was stopped behind a vehicle trying to make a left turn.
To avoid hitting the stopped traffic, the driver of the semi-truck then turned into the southbound lane, hitting the back of a vehicle stopped in the northbound lane before colliding head-on with a southbound 2013 Chevy Silverado pick-up truck pulling a trailer and carrying a couple from Concord.
The 73-year-old driver of the pickup truck sustained major injuries and was transported to Ukiah Valley Medical Center. His 70-year-old passenger was airlifted. The driver of the larger truck reportedly got out of his vehicle on his own and refused medical…
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