Highway 99 crash leaves one dead


Chico firefighters arrived to extinguish flames on the truck, while northbound Highway 99 at East 1st Ave remained closed. Image courtesy of the Chico Fire Department.

A man died Sunday night after getting into a car accident on Highway 99, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP confirmed that the incident happened around 9:30 p.m., when the man was driving north in a 1992 Toyota pickup truck on Highway 99, just south of East First Avenue.

The truck hit a guardrail after drifting into the center median area, and traveled back across the northbound lanes before crashing into a tree.

The truck landed on its roof and caught fire, and the man was confirmed dead at the scene.

Police have not yet identified the driver of the truck, and are investigating whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

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