SUTTER COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — A hazmat team responded to a fatal head-on crash Thursday morning between a big rig and a pickup truck in Sutter County.
The California Highway Patrol says the crash happened shortly before 6 a.m. on northbound Reclamation Road, near Tudor Road.
During their investigation, CHP investigators say they discovered the driver of a Dodge Ram 1500, which was towing a boat, had slowed down to let a big rig pass on the two-lane roadway.
The big rig merged into the southbound lane before colliding head-on with a 1997 Ford Ranger, the CHP said.
CHP officials report the big rig rolled over onto its side and both vehicles erupted into flames.
The CHP says the unidentified driver of the Ford pickup truck died from his injuries.
The other two drivers, who were uninjured, later told investigators they did not see the Ford Ranger because it did not have its headlights on, according to the CHP.
The Yuba-Sutter hazmat team responded to the area when it was discovered the big rig was hauling 20 tons of anhydrous ammonia. No leak was reported, however.