Deadly 10-vehicle pileup closed Highway 99 near Gridley for 21 hours

A total of ten vehicles are believed to be involved, said the CHP. Five of were tractor-trailers and five were passenger vehicles.

Posted: Nov 14, 2020 9:54 AM
Updated: Nov 16, 2020 9:17 AM

Update 10:30 p.m. - The CHP reports Highway 99 is once opened to two way traffic at 9:30 p.m. Saturday evening, more than 21 hours after it was shut down from the crash.

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Update 1:20 p.m. - According to the Associated Press, at least three are dead from the Highway 99 early morning multi-vehicle collision.

The CHP confirmed that five big rigs and five passenger vehicles were involved in the crash, which also sent two people to the hospital with minor to major injuries.

The CHP says low visibility due to heavy fog was a contributing factor. The National Weather Service says fog blanketed much of Sacramento Valley, reducing visibility to a quarter-mile.

(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press)

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Update 12:37 p.m. - Action News Now reporter Amy Lanski was allowed into the area of the investigation for a short time. She will be providing us more information and will be getting some video from the scene. Amy said it was very difficult to get access to the crime scene and it took repeated attempts.

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Update 12:23 p.m. - According to the CHP, there is still no estimated time for reopening Highway 99. Dispatch is calling it a "very tight investigation." So far our reporter has not been allowed behind the closures, but Action News Now is working on access to the multi-vehicle crash scene.

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Update 11:15 a.m. - Photos of the crash scene provided by Orlando Carmona

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BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Early Saturday morning a multi-vehicle traffic collision occurred on Highway 99 north of Hinamin Drive. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), there were at least two fatalities, with other parties sustaining major to minor injuries.

Caltrans has set up a hard closure of Highway 99 between Biggs East Highway and Ord Ranch Road.

A total of ten vehicles are believed to be involved, said the CHP Saturday morning. Five of these were tractor-trailers and five were passenger vehicles.

The CHP says they do not know at this time if alcohol was a factor in the multiple-vehicle incident. Heavy fog appears to be a contributing factor.

Responders included the Chico CHP, Yuba-Sutter CHP, Gridley Police Department, Butte County Sheriff's Department, CAL FIRE and Caltrans. The collision is still under investigation by the CHP's Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT).

If you have any information regarding this incident you are asked to call the Chico Communication Center Dispatch number at (530) 332-1200.

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