44-Year-Old Man Hospitalized after Vehicle Crash on Highway 101

LOS ALAMOS, CA (March 14, 2022) – On Tuesday, a wrong-way crash on Highway 101 left Will Platte and two other people injured, police said.

Authorities shared that the crash happened on Highway 101 south of Los Alamos.

Furthermore, officials also identified 44-year-old Platte of Los Alamos among the most seriously injured in the second of the two collisions.

After the crash, Platte’s pickup truck caught on fire. Consequently, several concerned citizens used fire extinguishers to put out the flames.

Eventually, firefighters arrived and used heavy equipment to rescue the victim from his pickup while a Calstar medical chopper airlifted him to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

Meanwhile, police also arrested the wrong-way driver for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Both directions of the roadway were temporarily shutdown to allow for cleanup and preliminary duties.

At this time, police are unsure about the factors that lead up to the deadly collision.

Los Alamos officials continue to investigate the wrong-way crash and more information will be updated as it becomes available.


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