Head-on collision near Laytonville leaves one dead

A grisly head-on collision near Laytonville left an unidentified man burnt beyond recognition and closed U.S. Highway 101 for nearly two hours Tuesday night. Full Story
hey now

Eureka, CA

#6 Feb 25, 2010
That's a dark stretch of road in the rain. I lived down there for many years but sometimes those curves sneak up and don't stop. Found myself over the center a couple times, luckily it was empty. Made me feel real dumb and thankful. I'm sorry for this man and his family. Rest in peace.
Fred

San Francisco, CA

#8 Feb 25, 2010
Hey guys, "godspeed" is a troll. For all our sakes, quit feeding it and others like it. Please don't respond to comments intended to shock and annoy.
Mom

Eureka, CA

#9 Feb 25, 2010
Fred wrote:
Hey guys, "godspeed" is a troll. For all our sakes, quit feeding it and others like it. Please don't respond to comments intended to shock and annoy.
Really?
A prayer for the dead is so shocking and annoying to you?
Lewis Family

Alameda, CA

#12 Feb 25, 2010
I know the man that died in the accident. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He was one of the nicest people I have ever known. I'm so sorry that this happened and that his wife, children, and family have to go through such a tragedy. God Bless.
Jimbo

Berkeley, CA

#14 Feb 25, 2010
Several years ago while taking care of business at the Dryden/Nasa facility at Edwards AFB, I was headed north on Muroc Road headed for California City (that's in California for those of you that don't habla) I was on a short 2 lane road where a car came up behind my car and started the hugging bumper routine, he must have had to use the bathroom he was really nuts. There was no place for me to pull over but he finally got disgusted and went around in a no passing small hilly area and this caused the car in the oncoming traffic lane to swerve tight to the shoulder. The driver was good because he didn't lose control of the vehicle but there was an awful lot of dirt and dust in the air. The car that was passing went around and about 15 seconds later when the road widened, he pulled to the side and stopped.

I wonder, I mean I am thinking that perhaps the reason was the oncoming driver was wearing a khaki uniform and the door on the side of his car said California Highway Patrol. It turns out that a police officer died in a similar situation who was assigned to the same precinct where about 3 weeks earlier that officer lost his life in a similar situation. I wonder, I mean I was thinking if the guy got a ticket because the CHP officer did turn on his music box and light show after he spun around.

You have to be prepared for anything and thats what defensive driving is all about, there are some loons out there. Unfortunately even good drivers can get nailed.
Dot

San Jose, CA

#15 Feb 25, 2010
My heart goes out to the family. This man was part of my husbands family and I unfortunetly never got to meet him. My husband speaks highly about him and is heartbroken that this has happened. My prayers go out to his wife and children.
Jimbo

Berkeley, CA

#16 Feb 25, 2010
Dot wrote:
My heart goes out to the family. This man was part of my husbands family and I unfortunetly never got to meet him. My husband speaks highly about him and is heartbroken that this has happened. My prayers go out to his wife and children.
Me too, a traffic accident is a lousy way to go. There must be something about 101 around Laytonville, it was about 8 or 10 years ago (best guess) we were headed south to San Francisco on a Friday evening and the 18 wheeler with trailer in front of us crossed the line at Rattlesnake pass or summit and jack knifed dumping his load of lumber on a northbound vehicle. After going around him we stopped and tried to help but the people in the vehicles were gone and then a very nasty fire cut off traffic for over 4 hours. We helped with flares and assisted with what we could but it wasn't until a few days later when I spoke with the investigating officer after returning home that we found it was 2 cars in the northbound lane that involved fatalities.
LaytonvilleResid ent

Covelo, CA

#17 Feb 26, 2010
As member of Laytonville community my heart goes to his family. May he rest in peace. He was a great man and take away from his family to soon.
rainbow haze

Los Angeles, CA

#18 Feb 26, 2010
Yes , there is something about the highway near laytonville. The "something" is that it is a narrow ,winding , old single lane in each direction. Thanks to the Richardson Grove never-improve-anything-crowd , you can count on more bloody , fatal accidents in the future. 101 should be 4 lanes wherever and whenever funding permits.
ClearerThanYou

Houston, TX

#19 Feb 26, 2010
rainbow haze wrote:
Yes , there is something about the highway near laytonville. The "something" is that it is a narrow ,winding , old single lane in each direction. Thanks to the Richardson Grove never-improve-anything-crowd , you can count on more bloody , fatal accidents in the future. 101 should be 4 lanes wherever and whenever funding permits.
These tragedies happen on every type of road. This is neither the time nor place to try to forward your political agenda. Seek help.
Our hearts go out to the families involved.
hey now

Eureka, CA

#20 Feb 26, 2010
I don't think the problem is the road width either. The highway on both sides of Laytonville just requires vigilance. I drove that road daily yet still got caught drifting. Rainy nights, deer and elk are factors. You daydream a second, enter a curve a little too fast and it's hard to recover. It might be tougher on locals because we forget to pay close attention to that road.
Widening these stretches won't help much. This will always be a tough stretch of road. My thoughts are with the family of this man.
Jimbo

Burlingame, CA

#21 Feb 26, 2010
hey now wrote:
I don't think the problem is the road width either. The highway on both sides of Laytonville just requires vigilance. I drove that road daily yet still got caught drifting. Rainy nights, deer and elk are factors. You daydream a second, enter a curve a little too fast and it's hard to recover. It might be tougher on locals because we forget to pay close attention to that road.
Widening these stretches won't help much. This will always be a tough stretch of road. My thoughts are with the family of this man.
I guess I have done it right, never caused an accident and the only ticket in over 40 years of driving was when I let the parking meter lapse by 15 minutes.

Those trees don't move and those curves are unforgiving if the laws of physics are exceeded and its still sad when it happens.
Kenneth

United States

#22 Feb 26, 2010
hey now wrote:
That's a dark stretch of road in the rain. I lived down there for many years but sometimes those curves sneak up and don't stop. Found myself over the center a couple times, luckily it was empty. Made me feel real dumb and thankful. I'm sorry for this man and his family. Rest in peace.

My heart and thoughts go out to the family.Last Feb. my sister died on the 101 2 miles north of willits there are many accidents in this area i check the news outthere frequently
Anonymous

Covelo, CA

#23 Feb 27, 2010
RIP Bruce Gullet
stacy

Chehalis, WA

#25 Jun 24, 2013
Good memories we had Bruce...so sorry you are gone.

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