One injured in traffic collision outside of Williams

A 2010 Freightliner truck loaded with lumber failed to stop for a roadwork and collided with a Ford F450, said the California Highway Patrol on Friday.

At about 10:55 AM fire and police personnel were dispatched to a traffic collision on Highway 20 just east of Walnut Drive.

“Traffic on westbound Highway 20 was stopped for construction work that was being completed and the driver of the freightliner failed to see traffic stopped in front of him,” said Officer John Waggoner of the California Highway Patrol. “He was unable to stop safely in the westbound lane and turned to the left into the eastbound lane directly in the path of the F450.”

As a result the vehicles collided head.

The driver of the freightliner was identified as Mel Goetting, 35 of Shasta Lake, California and was uninjured. The driver of the F450 was identified as Donald Samson, 38 of Woodland, CA was transported by air ambulance with moderate injuries.

“Traffic on Highway 20 was reduced to just one lane for approximately an hour until the roadway could be cleared,” said Waggoner.

Waggoner added that both drivers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision and it does not appear alcohol or drugs were a factor in this collision.

Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
Lloyd Green Jr. is the Owner and Publisher of the Williams Pioneer Review. He is dedicated in publishing the news and informing the community of Colusa County. Lloyd has been with the publication since 2008, and purchased the business in 2010. Under his ownership the newspaper has grown significantly in subscriptions, publishes weekly, and obtained the title of Newspaper of General Circulation by the Superior Court of Colusa County in Sept. 2007. Lloyd is also the director of advertising, classified manager, legal notice clerk, and circulation manager. To contact Lloyd, email him at or call (530) 458-4141 ext. 100.