UPDATE 9/30/18 -- The CHP has issued a press release on the incident. Two women were killed. Here is our latest article:
UPDATE 7:00 p.m. — Traffic is flowing much more rapidly now, but there appears to still be some traffic.
UPDATE 4:00 p.m. — As of about 4 p.m. scanner traffic indicates that one lane has been cleared on Hwy. 101 near the junction with Reynolds Hwy. It does not appear that traffic has yet started flowing, but it seems that some limited amount of traffic might beging to flow soon.
WILLITS 9/29/18 — There has been a major accident north of Willits on Hwy. 101 near the junction with Reynolds Hwy. The accident involved at big rig carrying lumber and a Dodge pick up truck, and scanner traffic indicates that there has been at least one fatality and potentially two. Apparently one of the vehicles has caught fire and it might involved the lumber the truck was carrying.
Traffic is backed up in both directions, and you should expect delays. Scanner traffic also indicates that it will take a substantial amount of time to clear the road — delays and traffic control should be expetect for some time.
As of 2:35 p.m. all lanes are closed in both directions and traffic has backed up substantially in both directions. The CHP does not at this time have an estimate of when the highway will reopen.
The incident has seen a major response with multiple vehicles heading to the accident from the CHP, Willita PD, MCSO, Little Lake Fire, and ambulances.
Today is the first day of rain in many months, and there are have a slew of accidents across the county, with multiple accidents happening on Hwy. 101 in a matter of minutes. Please drive carefully out there.