OROVILLE, Calif. - One man was killed in an early morning crash off of Highway 162, but the child in the back seat survived.
The crash happened at around 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 24, when the driver missed a turn and went off the road, rolling several times down a hill before hitting an oak tree.
The driver, Cory Rasmussen, 37, of Berry Creek, was killed. The right rear passenger, a 9-year-old of Paradise/Berry Creek, suffered minor injuries and was transported to Enloe Medical Center.
California Highway Patrol officer Ryan Lambert says that it's a miracle the child survived and has a lot to do with the fact that she was wearing a seatbelt.
"Having looked at the damage on this vehicle it's unreal," Lambert said. "It's amazing actually that she survived this. Had the vehicle been impacted somewhere else that may not have been the case."
It is unknown at this time where alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor in the collision.
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