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Highway 99 reopens after big rig crashes, catches fire

Both southbound lanes of Highway 99 have reopened after a big rig crashed and caught fire near Neal Road on Tuesday night.

Posted: Apr 10, 2019 8:55 AM
Updated: Apr 10, 2019 9:29 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Both southbound lanes of Highway 99 have reopened after a big rig crashed and caught fire near Neal Road on Tuesday night. 

Just before 10 p.m. on Tuesday night, California Highway Patrol said that a semi truck was traveling southbound on Highway 99 near Neal Road when it crashed into a guard rail. 

The truck leaked fuel alongside the roadway and caught fire. 

California Highway Patrol officers diverted traffic from Neal Road to Oro Chico Highway and south to Durham as both lanes were closed. 

Both southbound lanes were reopened just before 7 a.m. on Wednesday. 

Authorities said the driver is a 60-year-old man from Redding who was in the truck with his 11-year-old grandson. There were no reports of injuries and authorities do not believe that drugs or alcohol are a factor in the collision. 

Action News Now is working to learn more about the cause of the crash. Stay tuned for updates 

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