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Update: Highway 70 re-opened three hours after fatal collision

By KRCR Staff
Published On: Jun 27 2013 06:50:49 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 27 2013 09:25:40 PM CDT
MARYSVILLE, Calif. -

Highway 70 was closed for about three hours Thursday afternoon after a fatal head-on collision near the Butte-Yuba County line.

The collision happened at 3:54 p.m. on Highway 70 near Surrey Way, about eight miles south of the county line.

Highway 70 traffic was detoured until the road re-opened at 6:30 p.m..

The CHP said two pickups collided killing both of the drivers.

A white pickup truck was southbound and a brown pickup was northbound, when one of the trucks blew a tire and traveled into oncoming traffic.  Both were traveling 60-65 miles per hour.

Two people have been confirmed dead, a man born in 1962 and a woman born in 1959.  The names of the victims were not released, pending notification of family.

The white pickup had two passengers, both suffered major injuries.