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Petaluma Police Department
Friday August 30th, 2019 :: 06:40 p.m. PDT

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Major injury collision on Lakeville Hwy in Petaluma

For Immediate Release                                                                                                   Friday, August 30, 2019
Issued By:
Lt. Tim Lyons, Petaluma PD, (707) 778-4372, tlyons@cityofpetaluma.org  

 
 
Incident:                  Major injury collision on Lakeville Hwy in Petaluma
Occurred Date :           August 30, 2019
Occurred Time:          9:52 AM
Location:                    Lakeville Hwy (SR-116), north of Browns Lane
 
Incident Summary
 
On the above date and time, Petaluma Police Department and Fire Department responded to a traffic collision involving three vehicles on Lakeville Hwy.  A white Chevrolet truck, driven by James Bloom, from Rio Linda, was traveling westbound on Lakeville Hwy, just west of Browns Lane.  Bloom’s truck crossed into the eastbound lane and struck a Ford F-750 dump truck heading eastbound.  The Chevrolet truck then spun out of control and was struck by a Ford F-450 flatbed truck, that was also traveling eastbound.   Bloom suffered major injuries and was airlifted by helicopter to a local trauma hospital.  The drivers of the other two trucks were uninjured.  No narcotics or alcohol are suspected in causing the collision.  The collision remains under investigation.  Lakeville Hwy was temporarily closed, and traffic had to be diverted as the start of the Labor Day Weekend traffic was beginning to get heavy. 
 
There have been 17 reported traffic collisions on Lakeville Hwy, between US 101 and Browns Lane, since January 1, 2019.  Of those 17 collisions 9 were injury-related collisions.  The four major injury collisions occurred between Frates Road and Browns Lane.  The primary cause of collisions in this area, are either broadside, head-on, or failing to yield to oncoming vehicle when making a turn.  The police department no longer investigates property-damage only collisions, so the total number of collisions is likely higher.  The Police Department recommends, motorist travel with their headlights on, obey the posted speed limit, avoid any distracted driving, watch the oncoming traffic and always wear your seatbelt.
 
Have a safe Labor Day Weekend. 
 

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Petaluma Police Department
969 Petaluma Blvd N
Petaluma, CA 94952

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