California Highway Patrol Headlines

  • Overturned car in Walnut Creek backs up traffic on Highway 24

    A sedan overturned and came to rest on its roof in the bushes off of Highway 24 in Walnut Creek early Monday, authorities said, resulting in traffic delays. The vehicle landed on its roof just before 6 a.m. near the Mount Diablo Boulevard on-ramp, according to the California Highway Patrol. One westbound lane was blocked as a tow truck removed the vehicle. The roadway was cleared within the hour. The fire department was also on scene searching...

  • Marin hiker rushed to hospital by helicopter after rattlesnake attack

    Rattlesnake season has begun with a vengeance in Marin County. A hiker on Mount Tamalpais was bitten multiple times on Sunday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

  • 'CHiPs' TV star Estrada donates police dog to Idaho agency

    "CHiPs" actor Erik Estrada has donated a drug dog to an east Idaho police agency where he's a reserve police officer. The Rexburg Standard Journal report ed in a story on Friday that the star of the 1970s TV series about California Highway Patrol officers donated a 3-year-old German...

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  • Crash injures 2 crew members searching for missing Southern California family

    Two search-and-rescue workers who assisted in recovering the bodies of a Southern California family whose vehicle plunged into a Mendocino County river, killing the parents and both children, suffered major injuries Sunday night in a car crash, officials said. The driver, Anderson resident Clayton Chaney, was heading south on Highway 101 just south of Leggett around 6:45 p.m. when his 1999 Toyota Tacoma pickup went off the west edge of the road and down an embankment, according...

  • 3-car crash with injuries prompts severe traffic alert on Highway 4

    An accident with injuries Tuesday morning in the westbound lanes of Highway 4 prompted California Highway Patrol to issue a severe traffic alert. The accident occurred around 7:17 a.m. just west of San Marco Boulevard in Concord, according to the California Highway Patrol. The crash involved a green Honda Civic, a silver Honda Civic and a third vehicle, according to CHP's incident log. As of 7:34 a.m., the left lanes remained blocked. There is...

  • Bodies of parents, daughter pulled from Mendocino County river; boy still missing

    The bodies of a man and his 9-year-old daughter were found Sunday in a vehicle submerged in the Eel River in Mendocino County, authorities said, leaving just one child unaccounted for after a Southern California family of four went missing earlier this month. Sandeep Thottapilly, 41, and Saachi Thottapilly, 9, of Santa Clarita, were found inside their vehicle after about 70 people conducted search and rescue efforts in Leggett, Calif., according to the Mendocino County...

  • Lanes reopen after crash disrupts Highway 101 traffic in San Rafael

    All lanes of southbound Highway 101 were reopened Sunday morning after a driver crashed into a guardrail and overturned, resulting in lane closures for nearly 40 minutes in San Rafael, authorities said. The collision occurred just before 10 a.m. near the Francisco Boulevard exit, according to the California Highway Patrol. All lanes were reopened by about 10:40 a.m. There were some residual traffic delays. The driver, who was not identified,...

  • Minivan drives off cliff near Montara State Beach; rescue ongoing

    A minivan drove off a cliff Friday morning by Montara State Beach, and a rescue operation is ongoing, officials said. "The vehicle is currently underwater," said Deputy Rosemerry Blankswade, a San Mateo County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. The Coast Guard and California Highway Patrol are assisting in the rescue. It's not clear how many people were in the minivan, Blankswade said. The incident reportedly took place around 8...

  • Traffic across Bay Area bridges slowed due to high winds

    High winds are slowing traffic on the Bay Bridge, the San Mateo Bridge and the Dunbarton Bridge during the morning commute. Traffic advisories are in effect due to heavy winds on Interstate 80 between the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza and Fremont Street in San Francisco, between the San Mateo Bridge and Foster City Boulevard, and on the Dunbarton Bridge in both directions. "We're just asking people to slow down and use caution, especially if they're traveling in a...

  • Car in Mendocino County river may have belonged to missing Southern California family

    Authorities are investigating whether a car that went over an embankment and into the Eel River in Mendocino County on Friday may have belonged to a Southern California family reported missing out of San Jose. The California Highway Patrol responded to a report of a vehicle over an embankment on Friday at 1:10 p.m., agency spokesman Officer Jason Taylor said. A witness told authorities that the vehicle appeared to slow down and pull over, but was unable to stop in time before...

  • 18-year-old woman’s vehicle plunges 300 feet off cliff near Pacifica

    An 18-year-old woman was in critical condition Wednesday night after her vehicle took a 300-foot plunge off a cliff near Pacifica, authorities said. Dispatchers received a 911 call at 6:17 p.m. that a vehicle had driven off the cliff onto Mussel Rock Park, according to the California Highway Patrol. Video footage of the incident shows a white vehicle on its side at the beach and emergency responders loading a victim onto a stretcher. The...