>Crescent City California News, Sports, & Weather | The Triplicate

News Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google
Updated 4:46pm - Sep 16, 2014

Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow Local man killed in Dr. Fine Bridge wreck

Local man killed in Dr. Fine Bridge wreck

 A semi truck loaded with wood chips rests at the bottom of a 60-foot embankment at the south end of the Dr. Fine Bridge on Highway 101. The truck driver was unhurt, but a Crescent City man died after the small car he was driving collided with the semi. Courtesy of Cynthia Ford
A semi truck loaded with wood chips rests at the bottom of a 60-foot embankment at the south end of the Dr. Fine Bridge on Highway 101. The truck driver was unhurt, but a Crescent City man died after the small car he was driving collided with the semi. Courtesy of Cynthia Ford
A driver traveling on the Dr. Fine Bridge over the Smith River on Highway 101 was killed Tuesday morning when he drifted across the double line and collided head-on with a 70,000-pound 18-wheeler.

Jaime M. Torres, 39, of Crescent City, was traveling northbound on the bridge, which is about 9 miles north of Crescent City, shortly before 11 a.m. when, for unknown reasons, he crossed the double line into the 18-wheeler’s path, according to California Highway Patrol. The truck driver walked away uninjured. An investigation of the crash is ongoing.

Officer Deina Hernandez of CHP said that upon collision, the truck driver, who was carrying a full load of wood chips from Coos Bay, Ore., lost control of his vehicle and traveled 60 feet down the western embankment.

“As (the truck) was going down the embankment it overturned,” Hernandez said.

Arrangements have been made to retrieve the truck, and the highway will remain open during that process, Hernandez said. The bridge was closed for nearly three hours Tuesday while investigators processed the scene and debris was cleared. During that time traffic was rerouted via Highways 199 and 197.

The Mazda, which sustained severe front-end damage, hit the eastern guardrail on the bridge and ended up facing west in the northbound lane. Torres died upon impact, Hernandez said. According to Sheriff Dean Wilson, an autopsy will determine if perhaps a medical issue caused him to cross into the opposite lane or if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

Wier’s Mortuary, Fort Dick Fire, Smith River Fire, California Highway Patrol, Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office, Caltrans and Del Norte Ambulance responded to the scene. 

Construction work planned for the Dr. Fine Bridge Tuesday was unaffected by the accident because crews were working underneath the bridge at the time of the accident, Hernandez said. Crews are conducting geotechnical drilling on the river’s bedrock for a $50 million bridge replacement expected to break ground as early as this winter.

Any witnesses of the accident should contact CHP at 707-464-3117.

Reach Aaron West at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 


Del Norte Triplicate:

312 H Street
P.O. Box 277
Crescent City, CA 95531

(707) 464-2141
webmaster@triplicate.com

Follow The Triplicate headlines on Follow The Triplicate headlines on Twitter

© Copyright 2001 - 2014 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use