LIVE OAK -- A girl died Sunday when she was ejected from a car in a five-vehicle crash on Highway 99 north of Yuba City and five other people were injured.
The California Highway Patrol reports just before 4:30 p.m., 24-year-old Omer Gorsi was driving south on Highway 99 near Clark Road when he crashed into the back of an Acura Integra.
At the time, cars were slowed to just 15 mph as a train passed.
Gorsi’s Ford F-250 was traveling at around 55 mph at the time of the collision and the CHP says he did not notice traffic had slowed down because he was texting.
As a result of the crash, a girl in the Acura was ejected and the car was pushed into the northbound lane. The CHP says the Wheatland girl’s injuries were fatal. Her identity has not been reported.
Investigators believe a Honda CRV that had been in front of the Acura was then rear-ended by the Ford, which flew into the air and rolled over. Twenty-four-year-old Gorsi was ejected and his car stopped on its roof in the northbound lane. Caltrans reports at one point, his F-250 burst into flames.
Gorsi was hospitalized with moderate injuries.
Yuliana Mendez heard that impact and then seconds later, she said Gorsi was hitting the back of her car, spinning her out of control. She wasn't seriously injured but got out of her car to find Gorsi flipped over and the adults in the Acura devastated.
"They were stuck, completely stuck. A lot of bystanders came up and tried to help them but they were unsuccessful," Mendez told FOX40. "They were just stuck and just also kind of out of it, in and out of consciousness and trying to understand what was happening around them. And the woman yelling that their little girl had passed and they were unable to get out, you know."
Two other cars traveling north on Highway 99 couldn’t avoid the damaged cars blocking their lane.
The CHP reports the driver and the other passenger in the Acura were hospitalized with major injuries. Two other women sustained minor injuries.
No one was arrested in the deadly crash and CHP investigators do not believe alcohol or drugs contributed to the crash.