MENDOCINO Co., 1/2/19 — A multi-vehicle collision that occurred on Highway 101 just south of Hopland this Monday, and temporarily closed the road, resulted in serious injuries for the three people driving the vehicles, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The collision occurred around 2:35 p.m. near the intersection of La Franchi Road and Highway 101, when the driver of an Acura, heading north, swerved across the double yellow line and swiped a Honda Accord that was heading south. The driver of the Acura then lost control of the vehicle and swerved into the southbound lane, hitting a Nissan Versa that was also southbound. The driver of the Honda lost control and swerved into a dirt mound on the east side of the road.
Both the drivers of the Acura and the Nissan sustained major injuries and were taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital by air amubulance. Karen Seydel, a 75 year old resident of Ukiah, was treated for a broken femur, pelvis, multiple rib injuries, and a wrist injury. Danielle Doris, a 38 year old Cloverdale woman, who was driving the Acura, was also airlifted to Santa Rosa to be treated for a fractured pelvis and broken ribs. Wilma Whorton, a 77 year old from Rohnert Park who was the driver of the Honda, sustained minor injuries, and was treated at Adventist Health Ukiah Valley hospital for lacerations and pain to her sternum and shoulder.
The collision resulted in a temporary road closure of Highway 101 as emergency responders and tow trucks tried to access the scene while traffic backed up significantly. Here's our coverage of the incident from that day.
Here's the full press release from the CHP:MX-M465N_20190101_162106