Update: 6-year-old girl in critical condition following multi-vehicle crash on Highway 99
TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. —
Update as of 5:30 p.m.:
According to the California Highway Patrol, a 6-year-old girl is in critical condition following a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 99 in Tehama County Thursday.
Officials said at approximately 7:48 a.m., Darren Kelly, 25, from Kelowna, B.C., was driving his 2013 International 3 axle truck southbound on Highway 99, south of Tecate Road in the #1 lane.
Megan Pitts, 33, from Chico, was driving her 2009 Nissan Altima southbound on Highway 99, south of Tecate Road in the #2 lane.
Officials said the Nissan began slowly overtaking the International and Kelly turned his vehicle into the #2 lane, not seeing the Nissan.
The right front of Kelly's vehicle collided with the left side of the Nissan and due to the collision, Pitts lost control of her Nissan.
The Nissan slid sideways across the #1 lane in front of the International and then the Nissan crossed into the northbound lane of Highway 99 where it collided with a 2017 Freightliner Tractor Trailer driven by Stacey Ward, 46, from Redding.
After colliding with the Freightliner, the Nissan was pushed back into the southbound lanes where it collided with a 2000 Honda Accord driven by Patricia White, 54, from Corning.
Officials added that at some point during the incident, the right front tire became detached from the Nissan and collided with a 2013 Hyundai Sonata, driven by Vere Heard, 53, from Red Bluff.
Due to the collision, Pitts and White were transported to Enloe Medical Center with minor injuries. The 6-year-old girl, who was a passenger in the Nissan, was flown to UC Davis for treatment and has been listed in critical condition.
Officials said alcohol or drugs do not appear to be factors in the crash. The crash is being investigated by the Red Bluff CHP.
Update as of 10:34 a.m.:
According to Caltrans, Highway 99 is now reopen in both directions.
According to Caltrans, southbound Highway 99 is closed at South Avenue and northbound at Rowles Road because of a multiple vehicle crash.
As of 8:45 a.m., Caltrans said there was no estimated time of reopening.