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News release from the California Highway Patrol:

On Tuesday afternoon at approximately 12:15, the California Highway Patrol Humboldt Area responded to a report of a rollover collision on U.S. Highway 101 at Cranell Road.

An officer in the area was on scene immediately after the collision occurred and located a Volkswagen Beetle overturned within the southbound lanes of Highway 101,  just south of the Little River Bridge.

The driver, 17-year-old Iya Sol Ortiz-Beck of Trinidad, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. Emergency medical personnel responded to the scene and Ortiz-Beck was ultimately transported to Mad River Community Hospital for treatment of major injuries.

Based on a preliminary investigation of the collision, it appears that Ortiz-Beck was traveling southbound on US-101, in the number one lane, at approximately 65 mph. For unknown reasons, she allowed the VW to travel across the median and partially into the northbound number one lane. Ortiz-Beck over-corrected as she attempted to steer her vehicle back into the southbound lanes, causing the VW to overturn.

Impairment is not believed to have been a factor in this collision.

The California Highway Patrol Humboldt Area is continuing its investigation into this collision and is asking anyone with additional information to contact the Humboldt Area CHP Office at 707-822-5981 or to send an email to humboldt_area.humboldt_area@chp.ca.gov.

Although no fatality occurred as a result of this crash, traffic collisions are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens aged 16-19 and 60% of those deaths occurred when the teen was not wearing a seatbelt. Please take a moment to remind your young driver to buckle up when in a motor vehicle. The CHP also offers a Start Smart driver education program for new and future licensed drivers age 15-19. Contact the CHP Humboldt office to inquire about upcoming Start Smart classes.

Watch this space for updates. Got a tip? Let us know at reporters@times-standard.com or at 707-441-0500.

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