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CHP releases names of those injured in deadly crash on Highway 99 and Neal Road

Two people are dead and several were injured after a four vehicle collision occurred on Highway 99 and Neal Road involving a dump truck, a Chevy sedan, a Toyota Sienna, and 18-wheeler.

Posted: Jun 21, 2019 7:09 PM
Updated: Jun 24, 2019 8:28 AM

UPDATE 9:25 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2019 - The CHP told Action News Now reporter Laura Eng that a three-axle dump truck traveling 55 miles per hour northbound on 99 hit a Chevy that had been slowing down for stopped traffic.

The impact pushed the Chevy into a third vehicle, a Toyota minivan.

The minivan was then pushed into an 18-wheel big rig that was stopped at the light at Neal Road.

Two people died who were in the 2004 Chevrolet sedan. One was male and one was female, but their names have not yet been released by authorities. Another person in the vehicle received major injuries and was taken to Enloe Medical Center for treatment. That person has been identified as 24-year-old Kalen Shippen.

55-year-old Thomas Fairhurst from Antioch was driving the 2011 Volvo Dump truck.

The 63-year-old driver of the Toyota Sienna suffered major injuries and was taken to Enloe Medical Center. She is a Chico resident named Ellen Blee. Two other occupants of the Toyota Sienna were taken to Enloe Hospital with major injuries. They are 57-year-old Kristopher Blee of Chico and 19-year-old Olivia Blee.

The 49-year-old driver of the 2019 Freightliner that was also hit in the three-car collision, was identified as 49-year-old Imre Gerbl of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation, including whether or not drugs or alcohol were a factor in the deadly wreck. The Valley Division Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team was called out to assist in the investigation.

When next of kin are notified, the identification of the two people who died in the 2004 Chevy sedan will be released.


UPDATE 9:56 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2019 - CHP was able to extract the trapped person from the Chevy.

That victim was the only one to survive in that vehicle. 

This leaves the casualties at 6: two who passed away and four who were critically injured. 

Officers say a three-axle dump truck traveling 55 miles per hour hit a Chevy that stopped for traffic. 

The impact caused the Chevy to hit a minivan.

The minivan was then pushed into an 18-wheel semi truck that was stopped at the light at Neal Road. 

The northbound lane of Highway 99 remains closed. 


UPDATE 7:15 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2019 - CAL FIRE has confirmed two fatalities because of the crash. 

CHP says three people were taken to the hospital.

One remains trapped in a vehicle. 


BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - CHP is asking civilians to avoid northbound Highway 99 due to a multi-vehicle accident near Neal Road. 

We have a reporter on the scene waiting for more information.  

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