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Officials identify 2 people who died in Monday's crash

Both drivers in an early morning collision in Oroville have died from their injuries, according to CHP.

Posted: Jul 6, 2021 9:44 AM
Updated: Jul 7, 2021 9:35 AM

UPDATE 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, July 8 - The California Highway Patrol released an amended press release Tuesday night that said neither Alfonso Madera-Gomez nor Kristopher Wilson were arrested following the crash.  

The cause of the incident is still being investigated. 

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BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - California Highway Patrol and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle head-on collision on State Route-70, east of the West Branch Bridge at approximately 3 a.m. on Monday, according to CHP.

The two vehicles were blocking lanes and both occupants appeared to be unconscious.

When CHP officers arrived on the scene they found the drivers, Kristopher Wilson, 27, and Alfonso Madera, 21, alive, but unconscious and unresponsive.

Madera was arrested following the collision.

CAL FIRE and Butte EMS arrived on the scene and began performing life-saving measures to extricate both drivers from their vehicles.

RELATED: 1 dead after head-on crash on Hwy 70 near Yankee Hill

After life-saving measures were taken at the scene, Wilson succumbed to his injuries from the collision.

Madera sustained major injuries from the collision and he was transported to Enloe Medical Center in Chico by Air Ambulance.

After being transported to the hospital Madera also succumbed to his injuries as well.

The cause of the collision is still being investigated.

Alcohol and drug intoxication have not been ruled out as a factor in this collision.

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