Man & Dog Killed in Mendocino County Collision

A head-on collision resulted in a death and major injuries on Monday afternoon in Mendocino County. 

According to CHP, the accident took place on Highway 101 on April 11th around 2:30 p.m. 

Cody R. Sanderson, 35, was driving south in a Peterbilt Tractor Trailer before colliding head-on with a Nissan Titan.

The Titan was traveling north before drifting into oncoming traffic and slamming head-on with the semi. 

Due to the impact, the Nissan caught fire and the driver along with one of his dogs died at the scene. 

The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of kin. 

Sanderson suffered major injuries and was rushed to Howard Memorial Hospital.

Authorities issued a closure of the highway for six hours following the accident.

The crash remains under investigation.

Head-on collisions are without a doubt the most dangerous types of crashes. They may only account for 2% of accidents, however they make up 10% of all deadly crashes. 

The Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS) has found that: 

  • 75% of head-on crashes happen in rural areas
  • They are most common on two-lane highways
  • Failure in negotiating a curve on the road causes 23% of all fatal head-on collisions
  • 58% of head-on collisions result in a fatality

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