UPDATE, 11/2: Cox’s family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for his two young children. 

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UPDATE, 11:25 a.m.: CHP now says the driver killed was Daniel Ryan Cox, 40, of Eureka. 

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California Highway Patrol press release: 


On 10-30-2017 at approximately 2054 hours, Humboldt CHP Dispatch received a report of an accident with an injury on SR-299 at MPM 10.00. Humboldt CHP Officers responded and located both a 2003 Ford F-250 and a 2015 Fabform trailer lying on their roofs.

The initial investigation revealed that the 2003 Ford F-250 was pulling a 2015 Fabform two axle bumper pull dump trailer and was traveling westbound on SR-299 when the driver, for an unknown reason, made an unsafe turn to the right. The vehicle traveled onto the north shoulder of SR-299 where it struck an upward sloping dirt embankment. The force of the impact caused the Ford to overturn and both the Ford and Fabform trailer came to rest blocking both westbound lanes of SR-299.

The driver sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision. The driver was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the traffic collision. The Blue Lake Volunteer Fire Department, the Humboldt County Coroner Officer, CAL Trans and Buddy’s Towing service responded to the scene to assist. This collision is still under investigation. Identification of the driver is pending notification of next of kin.