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Teen among major injuries in Hwy. 299 crash

Published On: Feb 17 2014 11:42:31 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 17 2014 11:46:28 AM CST
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The California Highway Patrol has released the names of those involved in major crash on Highway 299 over the weekend. Five people were seriously hurt, including a teenager.

It happened around 3:15 p.m. on Saturday.

According to officers, Uriah Wells, 31, of Burney, was driving a 2002 Ford Ranger west on Highway 299, when the truck's right side tires went off the paved roadway.

The truck collided with a metal paddle marker and swerved across traffic, directly into the path of a 1996 Dodge pickup being driven by Ramiro Guridi, 70, of Fall River Mills.

The two trucks collided, sending them both off the freeway.

Wells suffered moderate injuries.

His two passengers, Katherine Crandall, 23, of Burney, and an unidentified minor, 16, of Burney, suffered major injuries and had to be extricated from the truck with the jaws of life.

Guridi and his passenger, Cynthia Guridi, 62, of Fall River Mills, suffered moderate injuries.

A total of five ambulances were called to the scene - including three from Redding and two from Burney. All five people were transported as trauma alerts. Two helicopters were also requested, but could not fly due to weather conditions at the time.

All involved parties were reportedly wearing seat belts. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the collision. Roads were slick at the time, but it's not clear whether that played a role.