Accident Just North of Confusion Hill


Map - Photo from Confusion Hill website

Highway 101 just North of Confusion Hill may be experiencing serious traffic difficulties. According to a confused report on the CHP Traffic site, two RV’s may have hit head on or possibly one has hit a guardrail. An ambulance is responding. The road is not being reported closed but I’ll keep you updated.

UPDATE:3:25pm: The South bound lane is blocked with a Class C motor home (approx . 25? long)

UPDATE:5:30pm: The CHP has re-stated the position as just south of Confusion Hill

UPDATE:5:51pm: A report places the wait at between 5-10 minutes. There appears to have been only one vehicle involved.

UPDATE:6:44pm: The accident has been classified as one with major injuries.

UPDATE:10:25 pm: Roadway cleared.

SoHum Awareness: UPDATE: 3:25pm: The South bound lane is blocked with a Class C motor home (approx . 25′ long)
Saturday at 4:35pm
Adrianna Fmj Stefko: The rv is torn almost in half leaning on a tree.. its just south of confusion hill.
Saturday at 5:21pm
Ahsheena Santos: I hope everyone is ok. Any reports on that?? Anyone know how it happened??
Saturday at 5:24pm
Adrianna Fmj Stefko: No ambulances in sight when we went through.
Saturday at 5:28pm
SoHum Awareness: Adrianna, An ambulance responded and animal control took a dog so I am making an assumption that there was an injury that meant the dog owner could not care for the dog at this time. Mind you that is an assumption. I’m still monitoring the accident. Thank you for adding information. Did you have a wait?–Kym
Saturday at 5:33pm
Adrianna Fmj Stefko: Waited for no more than 5-10 mins
Saturday at 5:46pm
Sarah Beresford: I saw the guy at the hospital, he came out in hand cuffs and was put in the CHP car. I over heard them saying he was the driver, but not 100% sure!
Saturday at 7:34pm
SoHum Awareness: Interesting–they said major injuries on the CHP site. I wouldn’t think he’d be walking anywhere unless there was someone else there who was hurt.
Saturday at 10:31pm
Sarah Beresford: I’m not sure but they brought him in an ambulance, and they said he was the driver. Huh was there another accident? He seemed out of it.
Saturday at 10:36pm
SoHum Awareness: There were some other accidents maybe this guy was from one of those.
Sunday at 9:56am
Marianne Odisio: I came through going north at about 3:45… waited about 15 minutes, one-way controlled traffic… by then, the motor home was still sitting there, and across the road, I saw what looked like a family, bored & waiting around… wondered if …they’d been in the motor home & somehow miraculously escaped injury?? That thing looked pretty torn up & shredded. The cab looked like it was dented, cracked windshield… Any updates on what happened in that accident?
Sunday at 10:41am
SoHum Awareness: Today’s Times Standard has more info.
Tuesday July 12, 2011 at 7:55am
Sarah Beresford: So that might have been the guy I saw. Hope the guy taken to Santa Rosa is ok.
Tuesday July 12, 2011 at 10:19am


This is the Times Standard article:

Driver of motor home arrested for DUI
The Times-Standard
Posted: 07/12/2011 02:00:41 AM PDT

The California Highway Patrol reported that a 24-year-old Fresno man was arrested on felony DUI charges after the motor home he was driving struck a guard rail and a tree south of Confusion Hill on U.S. Highway 101, injuring two of his passengers.

The CHP said Eric Leslie Harry was driving a 1982 Ford motor home southbound at 2:46 p.m. Saturday when “due to Harry’s level of intoxication,” the vehicle left the road and struck a guardrail, continued out of control and struck a tree.

The CHP said Harry was not injured, but 21-year-old Anthony J. Sherman of Puyallup, Wash., who was in the rear of the motor home, was transported by air ambulance to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with major injuries. The CHP said 28-year-old Daniel J. Terry of Mesa, Ariz., who was also in the rear of the motor home, was transported by ambulance to Jerold Phelps Community Hospital in Garberville with moderate injuries. Jeffrey Clinton Maddox, 31, of Austin, Texas, who was seated in the front passenger seat, was uninjured.

The CHP said Harry was arrested and booked into the Mendocino County jail on felony DUI charges. The CHP is investigating the accident.


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