CORNING, Calif. — UPDATE, DEC. 6, 3:22 PM:
A 75-year-old Corning man sustained fatal injuries during a head-on crash with a semi-truck on Monday night.
California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials in the Red Bluff area said the crash occurred at around 5:40 p.m. near South Avenue and Michigan Avenue. They said 75-year-old Denver C. Williams of Corning was driving west on South Avenue in his 2006 Kia Sorento at an unknown speed when he attempted to pass a vehicle in front of him by unsafely entering the oncoming lane.
At the same time, the CHP says a 2019 Freightliner Cascadia big rig was driving east on South Avenue and collided head-on with Williams near Michigan Avenue.
Officials confirmed the driver of the big rig sustained minor injuries in the crash. However, even though Williams was wearing his seatbelt, he sustained fatal injuries.
CHP says the crash is still being investigated, however, alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in this crash. Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact Officer Anaya at the Red Bluff office of the CHP at (530) 737-6746.
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UPDATE, DEC. 6, 1:45 AM:
Highway patrol officials confirmed South Avenue has reopened in both directions following the fatal crash.
BREAKING, DEC. 5, 6:30 PM:
South Avenue is currently blocked, in both directions, west of the Michigan Avenue intersection in Corning, due to a fatal crash.
CHP dispatchers confirmed the crash was reported at around 5:40 p.m. and involved a big rig and a smaller vehicle. Officials confirmed one person died in the crash, however, further details are still being confirmed.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates as further details are being confirmed with officials.
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