A ten-vehicle pileup on Highway 99 occurred on the morning of Saturday, November 14. The incident involved five tractor-trailers and another five passenger vehicles. As per the latest updates, three people have died from crash-related injuries while several others are injured.
According to the details shared by the California Highway Patrol, the multi-vehicle accident was primarily caused by the low visibility conditions. A heavy fog had settled on the area, including the stretch of the road where the crash occurred.
The incident was reported at around 3 a.m. So far, CHP has confirmed that at least three persons have lost their lives in the crash. Another two have been transported to an area hospital for injuries ranging from minor to major.
The crash occurred on the highway just north of Hinamin Drive. It is not yet clear exactly how the crash began. A number of local and state agencies responded to the scene of the accident. These include CHP personnel from the Chico and Yuba-Sutter posts, Gridley Police Department, CAL Fire, Caltrans, and the Butte County Sheriff’s Department.
Authorities have not yet released the names of the deceased victims. It is expected that the names will be revealed following notification to the next of kin.
According to the National Weather Service, the Sacramento Valley was enveloped in a thick fog at the time the crash happened. Preliminary investigations show that the foggy conditions were the main contributing factor of the incident. However, authorities have not ruled out alcohol or speeding yet.
Following the ten-vehicle pileup on Highway 99, traffic was stopped for hours. The road remained closed between Biggs East Highway and Ord Ranch Road. It was finally reopened to the traffic more than 21 hours after the crash once on-site cleanup and investigations had been concluded.
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