A Fortuna man was driving too fast Sunday morning, March 31 when he lost control of his pickup truck, crossed over the double yellow line and collided with another vehicle north of Davison Road on U.S. Highway 101 near Orick,
As a result of his unsafe driving, a 17-year-old Oregon girl was sent to Mad River Community Hospital with major injuries.
The accident happened at about 11:37 a.m. Easter morning,
David Johnson, 42, of Fortuna was driving a 2003 Toyota Tacoma southbound on U.S. Highway 101 at an unsafe speed, according to the California Highway Patrol. Johnson was trying to negotiate a curve in the roadway but couldn’t keep his car in his lane due to his speed. As a result, he crossed into the opposing lane.
Coming in the opposite direction was a Ford F-250 driven by Mark Hall, 52, of Haines, Alaska, Hall was driving at about 30 mph.
The two cars collided and came to rest in the northbound lane.
Emergency personnel from the Orick Volunteer Fire Department, CalFire, Arcata-Mad River Ambulance, Redwood National and State Parks and the California Highway Patrol responded to the accident.
As the victims were removed from the vehicles and the scene was cleaned up, traffic was restricted to the southbound lane for about an hour.
A passenger in the Ford F-250, Megan Johnson, 17, of Medford, Ore., was taken to Mad River Community Hospital with major injuries. The drivers of both vehicles had “complaints of pain,” according to the CHP, but did not require hospitalization.
The collision is still under investigation. Impairment is not believed to be a factor.