A big rig overturned, killing the driver on U.S. Highway 101 near Dyerville on Thursday, Oct. 24 California Highway Patrol Officer Michael Major said.
The driver, 62-year-old Mark Churchill from Santa Rosa was headed northbound around 5 a.m., when the truck went off the east side of the highway for unknown reasons and overturned down a dirt embankment, according to a CHP release.
The release states that the truck came to rest on the southbound on-ramp and was “engulfed in flames.” Caltrans and the National Response Center were called to help clean up leaking diesel fuel. A dispatch report states a maximum of 200 gallons was spilled, but an unknown amount was consumed by the fire.
Major said the southbound on-ramp at Dyerville was closed for the cleanup.
The cause of accident is being investigated by the Garberville CHP office.