Authorities identify 2 killed in multi-vehicle collision on Highway 99, south of Chico

The Butte County Coroner's Office has identified two people who died Wednesday in a multi-vehicle collision on Highway 99, south of Chico.

Posted: Jun 10, 2020 1:42 PM
Updated: Jun 11, 2020 2:08 PM

UPDATE: 10:05 a.m., Thursday, June 11, 2020 - The Butte County Coroner's Office has identified two people who died Wednesday in a multi-vehicle collision on Highway 99, south of Chico.

55-year-old Lupe Ortiz and 55-year-old David Sims, both of Los Molinos died after being hit by a big-rig, according to authorities.

This is a breaking news update. Full story below.

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UPDATE: 1:30 a.m., Thursday, June 11, 2020 - Over 12 hours later, Highway 99 has reopened in both directions, according to Cal Trans.

The California Highway Patrol said the reason for the long closure was to allow investigators to carefully examine the scene. Three of the vehicles involved were still at the Neal Road intersection at 10 p.m.

CHP said a big-rig heading north on Highway 99 did not slow down when approaching stopped traffic at the light, slamming into the back of a Honda Accord, killing both the driver and passenger.

The massive impact then shoved the Accord into another car, ultimately impacting a total of six vehicles. No one in those additional cars was seriously injured.

The driver of the big rig has been identified as 22-year-old Jobanjit Singh of Sacramento.

While alcohol and drugs are not suspected, CHP is still working to find out why Singh did not slow at the light.

CHP said the two people killed were a man and woman from Los Molinos.

This is a developing story.

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CHICO, Calif. -  The California Highway Patrol has closed Highway 99 at Neal Road, south of Chico.

The CHP has confirmed two people were killed and five people have been sent to the hospital. There are at least six cars involved in the crash, that happened at 12:47 p.m. Wednesday.

Highway 99 is closed in both directions at Southgate Lane for southbound traffic and at Durham Pentz Road for northbound traffic.

The CHP says Highway 99 at Neal Road will be closed until 6 p.m. at the earliest.

Action News Now has a crew at the scene. We will update the situation as new information becomes available.

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