Peterbilt tractor flips, unloads logs on Hwy. 101 near Leggett, man airlifted to hospital

Te driver of a semi-truck was airlifted to a Redding hospital with suspected serious injuries after the Peterbilt tractor he was driving overturned, spilling logs all over the highway and closing down the 101 for several hours, according to the California Highway Patrol.

On July 10, at 2:35 pm, a 2012 Peterbilt Tractor, being driven by Donald Lind of Fort Bragg, CA was traveling northbound on US-101, north of Bell Springs Road. A 2018 Mazda 6 sedan, driven by Victoria Justen of Grand Ronde, OR was traveling northbound on US-101, north of Bell Springs Road.

For reasons still under investigation, the Peterbilt overturned while traveling through a curve in the roadway, the CHP said. As a result of the Peterbilt overturning, the cab of the Peterbilt collided into the rear of the Mazda. Due to the collision, a load of logs spilled across all lanes of US-101. US-101 was shut down intermittently for approximately four hours due to the recovery and clean up of the scene.

Lind was airlifted from the scene with suspected serious injuries and transported to Mercy Medical Center in Redding,. This collision remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol, Garberville Area.

The CHP would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance with this collision: California Department of Transportation, Leggett CAL-Fire, Leggett Volunteer Fire Department, Reach Air Ambulance and Laytonville ambulance as well as the many citizens who stopped at the scene and assisted emergency personnel.

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