California Highway Patrol press release:
On August 01, 2017, at approximately 0150 hours, a 1995 Nissan coup, driven by a driver whose identity is pending identification, was traveling southbound on US-101, south of Barkdull Road. The Nissan was also occupied by an unidentified passenger. For reasons still under investigation, the Nissan ran off the west roadway edge and collided with a steel guardrail and steel culvert pipe. The Nissan then became air-born, collided with a tree, and overturned onto the west embankment, where it came to rest on its left side. Following the collision, the Nissan ignited on fire and became fully engulfed. The driver and passenger sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene. Both occupants’ identification is unknown at this time and is pending identification through the coroner’s office.
The southbound number two lane of US-101 was closed for scene investigation.
The California Highway Patrol, Redcrest Volunteer Fire, Calfire, Caltrans, and Humboldt County Sheriff Coroner responded to the scene.
This collision remains under investigation by the Garberville CHP. At this time, it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in this collision.