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Two people die in high-speed crash on Highway 99

Video: 1 dead, 1 injured in solo wreck on Highway 99 near 47th Avenue

A motorist died Friday when a vehicle slammed into the center divider on southbound Highway 99 in Sacramento.
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A motorist died Friday when a vehicle slammed into the center divider on southbound Highway 99 in Sacramento.

Two people died when their speeding sport-utility vehicle clipped a car and crashed into a center divider on Highway 99, authorities said.

California Highway Patrol officers were told that a driver in a car saw an SUV approaching from behind very quickly on southbound Highway 99 just north of 47th Avenue about 10:20 a.m. The Nissan Pathfinder hit the right front passenger area of his Toyota Camry before it swerved into the concrete center median, according to the CHP.

The SUV then rolled. The 61-year-old female passenger was ejected from the SUV and died at the scene.

The SUV landed on its wheels, and Sacramento Fire Department personnel cut the 67-year-old male driver from the wreckage. He was pronounced dead at a hospital, according to CHP officer Michael Bradley.

Officers said the SUV driver may have suffered a medical emergency. It does not appear at this time that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision.

The driver of the Camry received minor injuries, CHP said.

The accident and investigation snarled traffic on southbound Highway 99 for more than two hours.

Witnesses to the accident are asked to call the CHP at 916-681-2300 or the CHP Communications Center at 916-861-1300.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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