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Driver and passenger burned in a hit and run

By Paul Matta, pmatta@krcrtv.com
Published On: Feb 01 2014 02:03:42 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 31 2014 02:00:00 AM CST
OROVILLE, Calif. -

A developing story Friday night near Oroville. Two people are recovering after their car hit a power pole and caught fire.

The California Highway Patrol is calling the accident a hit and run. Officials are looking for the truck that allegedly caused the accident. The crash happened near Oroville on Highway 99 just before 9 p.m.

Highway 99 is shut down one-half mile south of where it connects to 149. CHP tells KRCR News Channel 7 it’s unknown at this time when it will reopen. We’re told a white truck was traveling southbound on Highway 99 and that it attempted to pass a semi-truck.

This nearly caused a head-on collision with a car traveling northbound. The northbound car swerved to avoid the white truck, according to CHP. The car slammed into a power pole and caught fire. A man and a woman were inside the car when it went up in flames. They were taken to a local hospital.

We’re working to learn more details about their condition and the truck allegedly involved. If you an any information call authorities.