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CHP: Fiery crash on the Skyway near lookout point kills 1

One woman is dead after her car caught on fire from hitting a tree head-on, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

Posted: Aug 2, 2021 7:52 AM
Updated: Aug 2, 2021 3:22 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - One woman is dead after her car caught on fire from hitting a tree head-on, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

The wreck happened on Monday, after 1:30 a.m., according to Sergeant Mark Ortiz from the CHP Chico Division.

Ortiz said the female driver was going east on Skyway when her car went off the road and collided with a tree, the car was then engulfed in flames.

The flames even reached to some vegetation nearby, to which firefighters came quickly to put it out, but it was too late to rescue the woman.

And because of the magnitude of the wreck, both lanes of the Skyway were closed from about 1:30 a.m. to roughly 2:30 a.m.

The exact circumstances of this crash are still unknown, but officers did get a call that the vehicle had been called in just prior to the collision as a reckless driver.

It is still too early to know if alcohol or drugs played a role in this wreck since the car was so badly burned.

Action News Now is working to find out the name of the woman killed, but we do know that the victim was in her 60s.

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