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Yuba City man killed, two others injured in Yuba County collision

A motorist from Yuba City died Thursday morning after he reportedly veered into the path of an oncoming vehicle on Highway 20 in Yuba County.

Two other people were injured in the collision, which occurred about 10:30 a.m. east of Spring Valley Road, west of Browns Valley, according to the California Highway Patrol news release.

A vehicle was stopped on eastbound Highway 20 preparing to turn into a private driveway, and several other vehicles were stopped behind it. A 72-year-old man headed east in a 1999 Nissan Maxima was approaching the stopped vehicles when he veered to the left, crossing the double yellow lines into the westbound lane, according to a the news release.

Mark Henry Keese, 30, of Fernley, Nev., was driving a 2017 GMC Sierra pickup westbound on Highway 20, when he saw the Maxima in the lane directly in front of him. Keese attempted to avoid a collision by driving onto the right shoulder. At the same time, the Maxima swerved to the left directly in front of the pickup, the news release said. The Maxima struck the pickup, causing major damage.

The driver of the Maxima was transported by ambulance to Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville, where he died of his injuries. His name has not been released pending notification of family.

Mark Henry Keese sustained moderate injuries and his passenger, 60-year-old Mark Hugh Keese of Gerlock, Nev., suffered major injuries, according to the CHP. Both were transported to Rideout Memorial Hospital, and the elder Keese was subsequently transferred to Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael.

Neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to have been factors in the collision, and all those involved were wearing seat belts, the CHP reported.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy