Vehicle Spotted in Trinity River Near Hoopa; Rescue Boat En Route

Multiple agencies have responded to a section of Highway 96 north of Hoopa after callers reported a vehicle in the Trinity River.  

According to California Highway Patrol dispatch logs, the wreck “looks fresh” and the vehicle is in three feet of water. Logs also note “there is a bad smell and there are buzzards flying around in the area.”

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has sent a search and rescue boat to the scene and are trying to find a rescue diver. Updates below.


12:35 p.m.
[6] [Appended, 12:42:38] [1] HOOPA ENRT FOR RPT OF VEH IN RIVER // ADVSD UNIT SHOULD 1198 AT TRIBAL AND A TRIBAL UNIT WILL GUIDE THEM INTO THE RIVER ACCESS
12:53 p.m.
[9] [Notification] [CHP]-PER TRIBAL, LOOKS FRESH // THERE IS DEBRIS ON HILLSIDE // ADVSD VEH IS 3 FT UNDER WATER // THERE IS A BAD SMELL AND THERE ARE BUZZARDS FLYING AROUND IN THE AREA [Shared]
1:07 p.m.
[18] 74 1097 —- river access first dirt road on rt off carpenter to river
1:28 p.m.
[21] PER S2 VIA LL / ROLL SEARCH/RESCUE
1:28 p.m.
[22] 1039 HSO
1:35 p.m.
[23] B16-070 96 MM18.57 WHERE VEH WENT OVER EMBANKMENT
1:52 p.m.
[25] PER S2, HAVE BUDDYS ROLL OUT // PER 70, NO DRIVERS AVAIL / WILL HAVE SOMEONE RESP TO ACCESS AND ROLL PROPER EQUIP
1:54 p.m.
[27] 1039 HSO / HAVE BOAT DEP ENRT / NO DIVER AVAIL
2:13 p.m.
[29] CONTACT FIRE DEPT AND SEE IF DIVER IS AVAIL
2:14 p.m.
[30] 1039 CF / WILL PAGE OUT ORLEANS FIRE AND CALL BACK TO ADVS
4:20 p.m.
[33] [Notification] [CHP]-Problem changed from 1183-Trfc Collision-Unkn Inj to 1181-Trfc Collision-Minor Inj by CHP [Shared]

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