The California Highway Patrol, Susanville area office, released the following information regarding a Nov. 9 collision that resulted in two fatalities and major injuries on Highway 32 west of Chester.
On Nov. 9 at approximately 2:29 p.m., a Ford F150 was traveling westbound on SR-32 at an unknown speed. At the same time, a Ram 3500 was traveling eastbound on SR-32 at a stated speed of 45-50mph. The driver and passenger in the Ford F150 are listed by the CHP as being unknown at this time; the driver of the Ram 3500 was Robert Ramirez, 24, of Woodland.
For unknown reasons, the Ford F150 crossed over the centerline directly into the path of the Ram 3500 resulting in a head-on collision. The Ford F150 spun off the south side of the roadway and rolled down an embankment before catching fire.
Passersby attempted to extricate the occupants of the vehicle while unsuccessfully trying to extinguish the fire with fire extinguishers. Unfortunately, both occupants of the Ford F150 sustained fatal injuries. The Ram 3500 came to rest in the roadway, blocking both lanes. The occupants of the Ram 3500, Ramirez and his passenger Joaquin Hendrickson, 23, also of Woodland, sustained moderate to major injuries and were transported to Enloe Medical Center in Chico.
This collision is under investigation. If anyone has information regarding the collision, please contact Officer B. Lingenfelter at the Susanville Area CHP office (530-252-1800)