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Highway 99 Shut Down After Two Die in ‘Horrific,’ Fiery Crash Near Yuba City

YUBA CITY -- A twisted guardrail is the only thing left behind to show where investigators say a Dodge Neon was forced backward after being slammed into head-on about 150 feet north of Highway 99's Lomo Crossing.

The Neon was headed north just past Yuba City when the CHP tells FOX40 it was hit by a Chevy Silverado traveling south - killing the 68-year-old man behind the wheel.

The pick up flipped after impact and caught fire.

That driver -- a 25-year-old man from Sacramento was also killed.

Right now investigators say he caused this wreck by missing a curve and possibly by some choices he made earlier in the day.

"We have talked to some witnesses that weren't here on the scene and we do believe at this time that alcohol was a factor in this collision," said Sgt, Brian Wittmer with then California Highway Patrol.

Wittmer was not yet able to say if the pick-up driver may have been drinking at a bar that might have over-served or at a house gathering.

Both drivers, the only two people involved in the crash, have not yet been identified pending notification of their families.

Car traffic was detoured around the crash site and train traffic through the area was stopped altogether from about 6:15pm until 8:30pm.

Now the road and the rails are back open for normal use.