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Two die in head-on crash on Highway 99 in Sutter County

Two men died late Thursday afternoon in a head-on collision on Highway 99 near the Sutter County community of Live Oak.

The crash occurred about 6:10 p.m. as a Sacramento man driving a 2008 Chevy Silverado was headed south on Highway 99 approaching Lomo Crossing. He failed to negotiate a sweeping curve and crossed into the northbound lane, directly into the path of a 2002 Dodge Neon, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

The vehicles hit head-on. The Silverado continued south and rolled over, landing on its roof in the northbound lane of Highway 99 and the east shoulder. The driver was ejected from the vehicle.

The force of the collision shoved the Neon backward into the guard rail on the east shoulder of Highway 99. The vehicle was driven by a 68-year-old man, according to the news release. His city of residence was unknown, police said.

CHP reported that neither driver was wearing a seat belt when the collision occurred. Their names have not been released pending notification of family. Investigators are trying to determine whether drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.

Highway 99 was closed until about 9 p.m. in the area of the collision. Traffic on the nearby Union Pacific railroad tracks also was affected, the news release said.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy