Tuesday, January 22, 2019

UPDATED: 101 Open After Pedestrian Fatality That Snarled Morning Commute

Posted By on Tue, Jan 22, 2019 at 7:56 AM

click to enlarge The coroner is at the scene of the fatal crash. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • The coroner is at the scene of the fatal crash.
FIFTH UPDATE:
A man was killed this morning on U.S. Highway 101 after being hit by a car in one of the northbound lanes just north of Humboldt Hill around 6:30 a.m.

His name is not being released pending notification of next of kin, a CHP release states.

According to the release, a 31-year-old Eureka man was traveling northbound when he looked over his shoulder to check for traffic before changing lanes then looked forward to see a man in the lane in front of him, whom he struck.

Read the full release from the CHP here.

FOURTH UPDATE: Caltrans is reporting at 10 a.m. that both lanes are now open. Readers report that traffic is moving normally through the area now.

THIRD UPDATE:
Caltrans reports U.S. Highway 101 northbound has one lane open.
SECOND UPDATE:

Traffic remains snarled on northbound U.S. Highway 101 closing in on 9:30 a.m. with cars still inching forward in the aftermath of a fatal pedestrian accident.
Law enforcement is controlling traffic to allow feeder roads access to U.S. Highway 101. They are alternating traffic, allowing a number of vehicles to travel north then they stopping to let vehicles from Humboldt Hill Road go and repeating the process.

UPDATE:

Commuters attempting to enter U.S. Highway 101 after a fatal crash closed the roadway are being stopped on the feeder roads, including what seems like “hundreds” of vehicles at Humboldt Hill Road and South Broadway, including a school bus, according to a Redheaded Blackbelt reader.

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Northbound U.S. Highway 101 came to a standstill this morning south of Eureka  after a person was hit on the roadway.

Lt. Bryan Quenell of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office told Redheaded Blackbelt photographer Mark McKenna that the Coroner’s Office was on scene just after 7:30 a.m. They hope to remove the body soon and get the road open.

The CHP CAD page indicates that at least six additional vehicles have hit the pedestrian including a big rig.

Caltrans is stating, “NB 101 at Spruce Point just south of Eureka is closed due to a fatal collision. Traffic is being diverted around the closure using local roads. Expect long delays for this morning’s commute.”
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