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Fatal Collision on Highway 299

 

Head-On Accident Claims Two Lives Near Blue Lake

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

There were two unfortunate fatalities in a traffic accident on U.S. Highway 299 west of Blue Lake Tuesday night.

According to a recent CHP release, the driver of a Chrysler PT Cruiser struck a GMC commercial box truck head-on at 8 p.m. yesterday, October 30.

The Chrysler PT Cruiser was reportedly driving in the wrong direction, heading west in the eastbound lane of Highway 299, east of Essex Lane.

Both drivers involved in the horrific collision died.

Following the accident, two vehicles driving into the scene were struck by debris causing minor damage to their vehicles.

The drivers of those vehicles were uninjured, the CHP said.

 The eastbound lane of Highway 299 was closed for about four hours.  The California Highway Patrol, the Arcata Fire and Blue Lake Volunteer Fire departments, and Caltrans responded to the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.  Alcohol has not been ruled out as a factor, the CHP said.

The County Coroner’s Office today identified the deceased driver of the GMC truck as Francis “Frank” Robert Borgelin, 61, of Eureka.

The deceased driver of the Chrysler PT Cruiser was identified as Linda Renee Scott, 58, of Eureka.

The KIEM-TV news report of the accident is here.

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Be careful and drive safely, folks.  It’s dangerous out there.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

18 Responses to “Fatal Collision on Highway 299”

  1. bill says:

    so sad a situtaion….maybe yet another drunk that killed a innocent person..all for a bottle of booze

    • C says:

      Maybe you shouldnt jump to assumptions.. Maybe it had nothing to with drinking.

      • Bill says:

        Ok lets see, when was the last time ANYONE posting in here drove the wrong way down the freeway??,…. in 40 years of driving,I can say, I have never done that, and out of all wrong way driving fatalitys, stats show 99.9% are drug related or drunks. So no “assumtions” jumped to there. Just cold hard facts.

        • A says:

          Bill – where do you get your statistic that 99.9% of wrong-way drivers are drug or drink related because two articles I came across both said that only 2 out of 3 are (‘studies showed about two out of three wrong-way drivers are under the influence of drink or drugs. Others may be simply confused’ ref http://www.ajc.com/news/news/transportation/wrong-way-drivers-spur-questions/nRPq8/. See also http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/publicroads/12mayjune/05.cfm). Unless you have the results of a toxicology report then you ARE making an assumption, not stating a fact.
          My sympathies to the families and friends of both parties in this sad situation.

          • Bill says:

            fact… a person entered the freeway the wrong way,
            fact the result was she killed a innocent driver Frank of Franks Appliance Repair.
            Fact.. No fault can be found on Franks part, he was minding his own business driving down the road.
            Fact most people have NEVER drove the wrong way down a freeway.
            Fact… Most people that do ARE IMPAIRED , by being Drunk first, then drugs, then confused….
            Fact DRUNKS will almost ALWAYS aim for the set of Headlights coming at them as a way to guide themselves down the road , ASK ANY TRAFFIC INVESTIGATOR OFFICER about that, that is a well know fact.
            Fact….THe female involved was SEEN drinking that night, remember certain places have CAMERAS now…..and VIDEO tape of all cars and drivers leaving and enteringthe establishments be it the casino or a gas station .
            Lets just use the Casino for a “example”..there are three cameras located to SEE the drivers that exit the casino property,next time GO LOOK when you are there.
            Fact…. Frank is just as dead no matter what the tox report says about the wrong way driver, go tell his family, “oh we are sorry she was just confused”…..
            I am sure that will help thier pain…..NOT….Fail…Epic Fail….

    • Raymond says:

      That was my brother that got killed .He own Frank’s Applicance Repair and his wife wanted him to go out and eat but he told her he had to do the job .The woman that killed him we believe she was drinking at her place of business the bowling allie and she went to a garbling place and drank some more before she killed my brother if one of the places that she told them her she might be having an heart attact would of taking her keys and called 911 instead of let her drive my brother would of been alive today .I’m glad she got killed too if she would of lived the so call joke for the law wuould of gave her 5 years in prison instead of life so she got what was coming to her .It did a lot of damage to his wife and son & grandchildent.

      Ray

    • B. says:

      assumption??? wish u knew truths drinkin not invoved so get knowledge b4 u talk

    • B. says:

      fact: bill is an idiot

  2. A says:

    No matter what the details are, two lives are lost and this is a tragic story.

  3. skippy says:

    This is a very tragic and sad situation, a horrible accident. Both folks were very well liked in our small community, had family here, and each owned a small business that we respectfully chose not to disclose. They both lived in Humboldt for some time; there was an outpouring of prayers, shock, and grief by many who knew them dearly.

  4. Kbear says:

    FYI – Earlier in the day Linda was complaining of numbness on her left side. She just didn’t know what was happening. It was probably a stroke or heart attack. Please don’t jump to conclusions. Two fine upstanding community members have been lost. So very sad.

    • zippy says:

      If she was complaining of numbness on her left side, she should have had someone take her to the hospital. Tragic loss of life for both families.

  5. Jake says:

    Fact…Bill is a dipstick.
    Fact…Just because Bill says so doesn’t make it a fact.
    Fact…Now thats a fact.

  6. Raymond says:

    The woman that killed my brother hit his box car someplace infront of his window by the driver’s side went down the side of his door .I don;t live in Ca anymore and I never seen the place she really hit on it,but what I understand is that it did 1 very bad things to his body and 2 to his head that would make me ver sick if I seen it .I don;t know what it did to her body but her motor of her car was laying on the road .

    You know I think it was in the 80 that my brother and I was in her place of work because my brother’s wife’s sister work there and my sister know the woman that killed my brother .I,m not sure of her name .What is done is done ,I don;t hold this agaist her family .Live goes on .If my brother left later or went slower or the other woman did one of these my brotherr would not have been killed.

    • Jake says:

      Umm, hmmm, Okay. Makes no sense Raymond. Thanks for posting though. Once again, it was horrible to hear about your brother.

  7. Juanita says:

    Raymond, My Mom was NOT DRINKING AT ALL THAT DAY! She never had one drink at work, according to all witnesses, The video at the casino shows she had NO DRINKS while there and her toxicology came back completely clean of everything! So before you go spreading lies about my mother get your facts straight! If ANYTHING went differently that night they might both be alive. No one will ever know. My dad is dying of cancer and my brother and I are left to pick up the pieces, no to mention her 6 grandchildren! I am so very sorry for your family and Frank. My parents both knew him and he had done work for them at the bowl. Everyone is hurting, but spreading rumors helps NO ONE!

    • Ray says:

      Juanita I ask my sister nothing more was knowing about if your mom was drinking or not but people at that time said she was so I really don’t know what happen and I only said that about your mom after it happen and now nothing more was said about your mom after that so don’t worry no one is hurting her name .

      Ray I know my brother knew your mom I was told that take care sorry for your lost bye

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