Oct 5, 2015 1:33 PM by News Staff
Highway 70 between Palermo Road and Cox Road has reopened after a fatal crash caused a six hour closure Monday.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the roadway reopened around 4 p.m. after being closed for nearly six hours.
Witnesses say a Chevrolet Cobalt was driving erratically on Highway 70 when he slammed into a big rig near Power House Hill Road.
The crash happened at 10:12 a.m. and sparked a small fire. Crews were able to quickly extinguish the blaze, but the driver of the sedan was pronounced dead at the scene.
CHP Sgt. Al Sanders said the truck driver appeared shaken up, but was not taken for any further medical treatment. The semi sustained major damages.
The identity of the decedent has not been released.
Sanders says it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash, but he said the evidence suggests speed was a factor. “We have a 55 mile per hour limit on Highway 70 in this area, there’s a reason for that.”
Both lanes of Highway 70 are blocked in the Palermo area after a person was killed Monday morning in a crash involving a vehicle and semi-truck, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The crash happened at 10:12 a.m. on Highway 70, just north of Power House Hill Road and sparked a small fire. Crews were able to extinguish the blaze, but one person has been killed, according to the CHP.
Southbound Highway 70 is closed at Palermo Road and Northbound Highway 70 is closed at Stimpson Road.
Action News Now has a crew on the way and we will bring you more information as it becomes available.
Currently working a multi vehicle accident involving a big and passenger vehicles with fire. Aviod Hwy70 and Little Ranch Rd in Palermo area— Butte County CALFIRE (@CALFIRE_ButteCo) October 5, 2015
Hwy 70 closed at Little Ranch Rd due to multi vehicle accident. See other route.#70— Butte County CALFIRE (@CALFIRE_ButteCo) October 5, 2015
Hwy 70 south of Oroville closed big rig/sedan crash. Detours in effect at Palermo Rd and Cox Rd. CHP estimates re-opening at 4 p.m.— Caltrans District 3 (@D3PIO) October 5, 2015