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One dead, two injured in Highway 65 accident

Head-on collision halts traffic Friday for hours
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BY STEVE ARCHER

OF THE LINCOLN NEWS MESSENGER

A 28-year-old Yuba City woman died Friday afternoon from injuries sustained in a head-on traffic accident on Highway 65 near the Twelve Bridges exit, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

The 2005 Ford Escape passenger, Yuba City resident Adrianna Kelley, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident occurred at about 12:18 p.m. south of the Twelve Bridges Drive exit on northbound Highway 65, according to the CHP.

The 2005 Ford Escape was traveling southbound on Highway 65 when the driver lost control of the vehicle, swerved across all lanes of traffic and went through the median into the northbound lanes, according to CHP. The Ford Escape hit a 2007 Toyota Corolla driven by a 53-year-old Lincoln woman. Both drivers, whose names have not been released, sustained major head trauma and were transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center.

The driver of the Ford Escape was ejected from the vehicle, according to the CHP accident report.

Officer Chad Schmitt, CHP’s public information officer, said the Ford Escape started to slide and rolled at about the median before going airborne.

“There was debris everywhere and all over the center divider,” Schmitt said Wednesday. “It looks like the other car went underneath it.”

Schmitt said both cars have been impounded by the CHP for inspection. The accident’s investigation will likely take at least a month, Schmitt added.

The northbound lanes of Highway 65 were closed for two hours for accident scene investigation. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor in the accident, according to the CHP, and no arrests have been made.