Rain appears to have contributed to several crashes on Highway 101 in Sonoma County sending at least one person to the hospital early Friday, according to authorities.
At least one person was taken to a Healdsburg hospital after being injured in a crash on the highway near Westside Road, an emergency dispatcher said. The crash reportedly happened just after 7 a.m., and involved a compact car and truck. The car’s engine caught fire but firefighters were able to extinguish it, according to reports.
A pickup truck heading south on the highway spun out near Airport Boulevard around 7 a.m., backing up traffic to Shiloh Road, according to CHP preliminary reports. Heavy rain was reported in the area at the time.
Minutes later, a northbound flatbed truck slammed into the center divide on the highway onramp in Penngrove.
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View the eclipse
The Robert Ferguson Observatory will hold solar eclipse viewing events with solar telescopes and eclipse glasses from 8 a.m. to noon Monday at Courthouse Square and at the observatory in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, 2605 Adobe Canyon Road. The event is free; parking is $8.
For information, go to rfo.org.
* Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says a “total eclipse of the sun belongs on everyone’s bucket list.”
* Monday’s total solar eclipse will be the first one visible from the contiguous United States since 1979, and the first time since 1918 a total eclipse has traveled from coast to coast.
* The cosmic event will last 90 minutes as the lunar shadow sweeps from Oregon to South Carolina at more than 1,500 mph.
* Next up is a total eclipse that will darken skies over Mexico, Texas and up through the Midwest and Northeastern U.S. in 2024.
To learn how dark it will get in your zipcode, go here.