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Chico police discover dead person inside crashed vehicle on Highway 32

A single-vehicle crash at the bridge in the 300 block of Nord Ave. at Walnut St. left one person dead.

Posted: Jul 25, 2021 1:21 PM
Updated: Jul 26, 2021 10:00 AM

Update 2:35 p.m. Sunday, July 25, 2021 - Police told Action News Now that the vehicle that burned in the high-speed crash was a newer model Nissan Frontier 4-door pick-up truck.

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CHICO, Calif. – The remains of a person were discovered by Chico police officers inside of a vehicle that had been engulfed in flames Sunday morning at approximately 7 a.m. at the bridge on the 300 block of Nord Ave. and Walnut St., also known as Highway 32.

The police and other emergency personnel responded to the scene after a report came into their dispatch about a vehicle collision and explosion.

The driver was determined to be the only person in the vehicle. Video from nearby surveillance cameras was seen by police, who now believe the vehicle was being driven at 70 to 80 mph at the time of impact.

The driver has not yet been identified. DNA from the incident will be processed with the help of the Butte County Sheriff’s Department.

Police said a nearby power pole in the vicinity caught on fire and caused a power outage in the area that lasted for 90 minutes.

The roadway was closed for approximately 3.5 hours on Sunday morning.

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