Head-On collision closes Highway 70 for several hours

Jan 28, 2016 1:38 AM by News Staff

A man is dead after his vehicle collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle on State Route 70 Wednesday evening in Oroville.

A 2001 Chrysler was driving southbound when, for unknown reasons, the 2006 Toyota Matrix swerved into the oncoming traffic and hit the Chrysler.

The driver of the van, Jean Ann Epperson, 65, received major injuries and was transported to Enloe Hospital.

The driver of the Matrix, whose identity is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin, succumbed to his injuries on the scene.

Investigators said they are not sure if distracted driving, drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident.

An investigation is underway into why the man crossed into the opposite lane. The highway was closed for several hours while authorities processed the scene.


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