2 Killed, 4 Critically Injured in Butte County Dump Truck Crash
BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. (June 24, 2019) — A man and women were killed and four others including Kalen Shippen, 24, were critically injured in a chain-reaction crash Friday night involving a dump truck on Highway 99 at Neal Road.
Police investigating the crash stated that Thomas Fairhurst, 55, of Antioch, allegedly crashed his 2011 Volvo dump truck into a 2004 Chevrolet that subsequently got pushed into a Toyota Sienna minivan. A man and women who were in the Chevrolet died in the crash. Meanwhile, Kalen Shippen, 24, who was in the same vehicle suffered major injuries and was taken to Enloe Medical Center.
UPDATE: Donald Shippen, 53, and Apryl Shippen, 56, were the victims who died in the crash.
The occupants of the Toyota Sienna minivan also suffered major injuries. The driver was identified as Ellen Blee, 63. Blee and her two passengers in the Toyota, Kristopher Blee, 57, of Chico and Olivia Blee, 19, were also taken to Enloe Medical Center.
The three-axle dump truck was allegedly heading northbound on Highway 99 at an estimated 55 mph when it slammed into the Chevrolet whose driver was slowing down due to stopped traffic up ahead. The impact caused the Chevrolet to be pushed into the Toyota minivan also occupied by the three people. The minivan also slammed into a stopped 18-wheel big rig truck that was stopped at a traffic light at Neal Road. Imre Gerbl, 49, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, who was driving the 2019 Freightliner, did not report any injuries.
Police are looking into what caused the collision and whether or not drugs or alcohol were a factor. The Valley Division Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team is assisting police in the investigation.
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