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Weather conditions contribute to area accidents

The first measurable snow of the season contributed to accidents in the area, as rain froze, followed by about six inches of snow, Dec. 18.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) investigated a number of weather-related accidents on Dec. 18-20, as the area experienced its first measurable snowfall of the season.
On Thursday, Dec. 20, at approximately 3:10 p.m., a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Autumn E. Trunkhill, 17, Humboldt, was northbound on West Fork Drive, just north of Highway 3, lost control of the vehicle due to snow-covered road conditions. The Jeep left the roadway to the right, striking two separate banks of mailboxes, knocking them to the ground. The vehicle then reportedly left the scene. The identity of the driver and the vehicle was discovered by law enforcement after talking to witnesses.
The accident caused an estimated $900 in damage to the Jeep Trunkhill was driving, and an estimated $500 to the mailboxes belonging to the US Postal Service.
There were no injuries and no charges were filed.
Another single-vehicle accident involving a Jeep Grand Cherokee was reported to the HCSO on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 8:20 p.m.
According to the report, a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Blake A. Myers, 18, Dakota City, was westbound on Highway 3, attempting to pass another vehicle, when it lost control on the snow-covered road. The accident occurred near the intersection with Juniper Avenue, 2-1/2 miles west of Humboldt.
The vehicle entered the south ditch and rolled into the field, coming to rest on the driver’s side.
Myers escaped injury.
There were no charges filed.
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