SACRAMENTO - The driver of a pickup truck was killed when his Dodge Ram drifted over the center line on Highway 99 and struck the left side of a big rig Monday morning.
The collision was on the highway south of Sacramento Avenue north of the Feather River in Sutter County at 8:15 a.m., according to California Highway Patrol Officer R. Handwork.
The driver of a Freightliner big rig was traveling in the northbound lane of 99 and tried to veer to the right to avoid the pickup coming over from the southbound lane but couldn't clear it, Handwork said. The Dodge Ram collided with the entire left side of the tractor- trailer rig before finally coming to a stop on the opposite (northbound) shoulder.
First responders pronounced the pickup's driver, a 49-year-old man from Yuba City, dead at the scene. Handwork said one passenger in the pickup, a 49-year-old woman may have had a broken leg, and a second passenger, a 22-year-old man was cut on the head. They were also from Yuba City.
The driver of the Freightliner, a 38-year-old man from Chowchilla, was not hurt.
Handwork said neither alcohol nor drugs appeared to have contributed to the collision.