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Update: Coroner identifies two killed in Highway 99 head-on crash near Yuba City

A two-vehicle crash on Highway 99 south of Yuba City resulted in at least one fatality and closed southbound lanes Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.
A two-vehicle crash on Highway 99 south of Yuba City resulted in at least one fatality and closed southbound lanes Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.

Two drivers were killed in a head-on collision Friday morning on Highway 99 south of Yuba City, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A 1995 Toyota driven by Darryl Wade Taylor, 32, of Yuba City was traveling northbound in the fast lane when it crossed into oncoming traffic, striking a 2016 Ford driven by Gretchen Elizabeth Hubbard, 59, of Gridley near Oswald Road, the CHP said in a news release.

Both drivers, the sole occupants of each vehicle, suffered fatal injuries from the collision, according to the news release. Both were wearing seat belts, according to the collision report. It is unknown whether drugs or alcohol were a factor.

Lanes in Sutter County were closed at Oswald Road around 7 a.m. during the CHP’s investigation, the agency’s Yuba-Sutter office said in a Facebook post. Lanes reopened before 8:30 a.m.

A photo of the crash posted by the CHP shows a sedan and a pickup truck, both with major front-end damage and airbags deployed, as well as a large amount of debris between them on the roadway.

Identification of the victims was released by the Sutter County coroner just before 3:50 p.m.

Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.
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