An 80-year-old woman from Chico died Wednesday afternoon in a three-vehicle collision on Highway 99 south of Yuba City.
The crash was reported shortly before 1:30 p.m. The woman, driving a 2004 Pontiac Sunfire, was northbound on Highway 99 in the fast lane approaching Hutchinson Road. For some reason, she applied the brakes and drifted into the path of a 2004 Ford pickup traveling in the fast lane on southbound Highway 99, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.
The pickup struck the passenger-side door of the Pontiac, causing the Pontiac to spin counter-clockwise into the path of a southbound 2017 Freightliner pulling a trailer loaded with apples. The Freightliner struck the driver-side door of the Pontiac.
The second collision caused the woman to be partially ejected from the Pontiac. The Pontiac and the pickup came to rest in the roadway, blocking traffic, and the Freightliner came to rest on the southbound shoulder of Highway 99.
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The woman was declared dead at the scene. Her name has not been released pending notification of family.
The driver of the pickup, 51-year-old Benito Uribe of Sacramento, complained of pain, as did one of his two passengers, but they were not transported for medical treatment. The driver of the Freightliner, 35-year-old Muhammad Bath of Yuba City, was not injured, according to the news release.
The CHP said neither drugs or alcohol were factors in the collision, and all parties were wearing seat belts.
Highway 99 was closed for about 90 minutes due to the collision.