One man is dead after a tractor-trailer hauling crates of peaches collided with a motor home on Highway 99 near Power Line Road south of Nicolaus, according to CHP.
The accident happened at about 2:15 p.m. on the four-lane undivided highway next to a gas station just south of the bridge over the Feather River. The roadway was blocked by debris from the vehicles, as well as peaches and the crates carrying them, which had spilled out.
Witnesses told officers that a motor home hauling a minivan traveling northbound on Highway 99 turned left and was T-boned by a tractor-trailer pulling a double trailer traveling southbound in the No. 2 lane, said CHP spokesman Sgt. Brian Wittmer.
The driver of the RV wasn’t wearing his seat belt and was ejected from the cab, Wittmer said. It was unclear whether he had gone out the front windshield or through the passenger-side door, which was pulled off in the crash, he said.
“The entire front end was ripped off and he could have gone out either way,” Wittmer said.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was also injured and transported to UC Davis Medical Center, Wittmer said.
CHP has reported that only one of the northbound lanes on Highway 99 was currently open as of 4:45 p.m. Drivers should avoid Highway 99 near Nicolaus, using northbound Highway 70 or southbound Highway 113 as alternate routes.