[Note: the County has corrected the worst of the highway damage mentioned below as of this date. However, the road is still bumpy and the problem in this area of Highway 84 seems to be chronic]
by Larry Whitney on May 01, 06
"Two motorcycle injuries within a quarter mile and a couple of hours of one another demonstrate just how dangerous Highway 84 has become as a result of damage due to recent rains.
At 10:30am Sunday, the La Honda Fire Brigade was dispatched to a motorcycle accident at 11895 Highway 84. This single rider accident resulted in major injuries and the rider was transported by helicopter to Stanford Hospital. As La Honda Fire units were returning to their station, they happened upon a second major injury motorcycle accident not more than a quarter mile away from the first. This rider was also sent by air ambulance to Stanford Hospital.
The La Honda Fire Department warns that motorcycle riders should be particularly cautious in the area of Highway 84 between milepost 11.5 to 12.5. This is a stretch of road just to the east of the Town of La Honda and has been the scene of numerous major injury and fatality accidents in the past. At three points in this section of road the highway falls dramatically due to a massive land movement, part of the west bound lane has slipped away and the shoulder has been eaten away resulting in a dangerous turn that if missed will result in a fall of nearly 50 ft. into the creek below. Caltrans has marked all of this damage with signs, barricades and will soon activate a series of signal lights.
The cause of both accidents is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol."