State Route 255 closed, power line down

UPDATE: Highway reopen to westbound traffic.

A police officer keeps people back from the downed power line. JD | Union

A police officer keeps people back from the downed power line. JD | Union


Mad River Union

ARCATA BOTTOM – At about 1 p.m. today, June 26, a car went off the road on State Route 255 east of Jackson Ranch Road, taking out a power pole and sending another vehicle into a ditch.

The accident closed the road in both directions. As of 2 p.m.,  the road was still closed, with Pacific Gas & Electric on scene dealing with the power line. A swath of customers from Arcata to the Sierra Pacific Mill on both sides of State Route 255 are without power, according to PG&E. Power is estimated to be back by 5 p.m.

It’s unclear whether there were any injuries in the accident. Arcata-Mad River Ambulance did respond.

One of the cars that went off the roadway. JD | Union

One of the cars that went off the roadway. JD | Union

Eyewitness Virginia Snodgrass of Eureka said she was driving her scooter eastbound when she saw a white car go off the road and hit the wooden power pole.

The car, she said, went off the road and didn’t appear to try to stop or turn. “I didn’t see it avoid anything,” she said.

Snodgrass said she slowed down and, seconds after the crash, was going about 45 mph when she saw power lines arcing and a pole coming down in front of her. She said she had no choice but to maneuver   around the pole and drive over an arcing power line.

accident.VirginiaSnodgrass“I’m glad to be alive,” Snodgrass said.
The driver of a red car that was following behind Snodgrass avoided the downed lines by going off the road into a ditch.

Arcata Fire, Arcata Police and the California Highway Patrol responded to the incident.

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Virginia Snodgrass rides away on her scooter.

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