Wet weather causes crashes across the north state

Mar 3, 2014 7:37 PM

Rain is the valley and fog in the mountains caused reduced visibility and wet roadways across the north state, including an overturned semi that shut town Highway 32. "It was a solo vehicle and solo occupant in the vehicle. He had complained of pain to his back. It looks like he was not wearing a seat belt," said Officer Brent Townsend of the California Highway Patrol. A physician witnessed the accident and stopped to help the driver until paramedics could transport him to Enloe Medical Center.

A fatal accident occurred on Highway 99 just south of Live Oak killing 56 year old Derrick Robert of Yuba City. The head on collision closed the highway for over an hour while crews cleared the scene.

This morning the driver of a white Subaru Outback was traveling northbound on Zanella Way when she turned right onto the Skyway and struck the driver of a Toyota 4 Runner. The accident sent two women and a child to Enloe medical center. "Typically on a day like this, visibilities decrease a little bit and the roadway is wet and more difficult to stop. I think the fact that the one driver didn't see the other driver coming, the weather was a factor in this accident," explained Sgt. Rob Merrifield of the Chico Police Department.

Police are urging people to be safe this rainy season and slow down their speeds. "The speed limit signs are there for the ideal conditions, so when it's rainy and wet or icy, that’s definitely not the time to do the speed limit. That's the time to go a little bit slower," said Townsend. Officer Townsend also said 99% of the crashes they're seeing are speed related and people are just going too fast for the conditions.


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