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CHP: Garbage truck going too fast before Hwy. 101 ramp crash

  • Emergency crews at the scene of a garbage truck crash at River Road and Highway 101, Friday, April 4, 2014. (JOHN BURGESS/ PD)

At least two people were hospitalized with injuries Friday morning when a garbage truck going too fast for slippery road conditions caused a wreck after exiting Highway 101 at River Road, the CHP said.

The accident was caused when the driver of a North Bay Corp. garbage truck, Miguel Quijas, 68, of Santa Rosa, lost control coming down the southbound Highway 101 offramp, the CHP said in a news release.

“Our preliminary investigation shows that the driver (of the garbage truck) was going too fast,” CHP Officer Kerri Post said. “He lost control and continued straight across the road to the onramp.”

The truck skidded across River Road and overturned as Quijas began to make a right-hand turn, hitting a light pole on the south side of the intersection before sliding across the eastbound River Road onramp to southbound Highway 101.

As the truck slid, it traveled into the path of a 1996 Geo Tracker driven by Kayla Arnold, 20, of Windsor. Arnold’s car crashed into the driver’s side of the garbage truck, the CHP said.

Frank Mateo, 44 of Guerneville, who was driving a 1997 Chevy Silverado pickup, swerved to avoid Arnold’s and Quijas’ vehicles but lost control of his truck and crashed into a sound wall, the CHP said.

Quijas suffered major injuries including fractured ribs and trauma to his right hand, and Arnold had moderate injuries that included cuts to her face and a possible dislocated shoulder, the CHP said. Both were transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

Mateo was uninjured in the wreck, the CHP said.

The wreck closed the onramp to southbound Highway 101 and the eastbound lane of River Road until early afternoon.

Alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the crash, the CHP said.

A county hazardous materials team responded because of spilled hydraulic fluid.

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