Willits Driver Killed in Fatal Two-Vehicle Collision on Highway 20

MENDOCINO, CA (October 4, 2021) – A 38-year-old Willits man tragically died Monday afternoon following a head-on collision on Highway 20.

The accident occurred around 4:00 p.m. on Highway 20 east of Marina Drive, near the northern shore of Lake Mendocino.

According to the CHP, the man was driving east in a 2001 Dodge Ram pickup and was towing a second 2001 Ram on a flatbed trailer when he lost control of his pickup and crossed into oncoming traffic, crashing into a box truck that was driving west.

Due to the impact of the crash, the Ram driver died at the scene, meanwhile the 26-year-old Ukiah driver of the box truck suffered minor injuries.

Paramedics then rushed the box truck driver to Adventist Health Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits for treatment.

Authorities suspected drugs or alcohol to be a factor in the crash. Once available, more details will be provided.

At this time, an active investigation to determine further details is underway.


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