Las Plumas High School student killed in head-on crash

May 1, 2015 5:13 PM by News Staff

A local high school student has been killed and two of his classmates suffered serious injuries in a head-on collision in Oroville Friday afternoon.

The two vehicle crash, which sheared off a fire hydrant and sent a water geyser into the air, was reported to the California Highway Patrol just before 1 p.m. Friday on Lower Wyandotte Road and V6 Road. Following the head-on collision, one of the vehicles slid off road and slammed into a fire hydrant before coming to rest in a nearby bush.

When emergency responders arrived on scene one of the drivers was unresponsive, and another was possibly trapped in the bushes. Three ambulances and a medical helicopter were called to the scene, but one of the victim's was pronounced dead at the scene. One person suffered major injuries has been taken to U.C. Davis Medical Center, and another has been taken to Oroville hospital. The driver of the second vehicle also suffered moderate injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

At this time the cause of the crash is unknown, but CHP investigators say speed may have been a factor.

Las Plumas High School has confirmed that the deceased person, as well as the two individuals injured are students at the school. The school has issued the following statement on their website:

Three Las Plumas High School students were involved in a multiple car accident on Lower Wyandotte Avenue during lunchtime today. There is one confirmed fatality. One student is being airlifted to UC Davis. One student was transported to Oroville Hospital. School administration is making sure students, parents and staff are informed. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.

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