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One person killed, two injured in Highway 99 collision in Butte County

A 33-year-old Yuba City man was killed and two other people suffered major injuries in a collision involving five vehicles on Highway 99 in Butte County on Thursday morning.

The collusion occurred about 6:45 a.m. south of Rio Bonito Road, north of the community of Biggs. A 2010 Peterbilt big rig truck driven by Johal R. Singh, 26, of Yuba City was southbound on Highway 99, when it traveled into the northbound lane, directly in front a northbound 2002 Honda, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. The driver of the Honda suffered fatal injuries in the collision. His name has not been released pending notification of family.

Three other northbound vehicles that were traveling behind the Honda also were involved in the crash. Stephenson E. Esther, 50, of Live Oak, in an effort to avoid colliding with the big rig, steered his 2005 Chevrolet to the northeast and struck a tree in an orchard on the east side of the road, according to the CHP.

Primitivo Perez, 36, of Live Oak, was driving a 2000 Pontiac and was behind Stephenson, when the front his vehicle and the front of big rig collided.

Louis C.A. Corum, 35, of Live Oak was behind Perez and driving a 2013 Ford. Corum observed the chain of events and turned his vehicle to the right trying to avoid a collision, but the front of his vehicle collided with the right front of the big rig, the CHP reported.

Perez and Corum were taken to Enloe Medical Center in Chico with what the CHP described as major injuries. Singh and Esther were not injured, according to the CHP.

No arrests were made and the crash remains under investigation.

That section of Highway 99 was closed for more than seven hours for investigation of the crash scene. The highway reopened to traffic about 2 p.m.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy