Young Corning woman killed in head-on crash; tanker fire closes Hig...

Full story: Chico Enterprise-Record

A tanker truck loaded with gasoline and diesel fuel burned for several hours north of Chico Wednesday following an 8:45 a.m. head-on crash that claimed the life of a young woman.
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gorebad

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being late to class stopped..so sad
vet sixties era

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What a terrible thing to happen to such a sweet young lady.My son who also works at lowes called me to tell of the situation and he was really shaken up losing a real down to earth good friend.My heart goes out to her family.Its situations like that make think about family and friends and how important it is not to lose the love for each other,I know this because my son also called me to say "he loved me".
chico

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So sorry to the family....i didnt know them, but i had terrible dreams last night of what the family must have been going through when they heard the news...being a mother, i feel for your loss.
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Folks, trucks don't stop on a dime... they will always win. They are not much different from a train. Don't try to tangle with them and do respect them.

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vet sixties era wrote:
What a terrible thing to happen to such a sweet young lady.My son who also works at lowes called me to tell of the situation and he was really shaken up losing a real down to earth good friend.My heart goes out to her family.Its situations like that make think about family and friends and how important it is not to lose the love for each other,I know this because my son also called me to say "he loved me".
Sounds like you raised a fine son.....
Old and Retired

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Isn't there a speed limit on this dangerous road? How many people are going to be killed, in addition to those already gone, before this road is widened or something done to make it not so hazardous. Apparently speed limits or signs warning drivers not to pass are not working. What a shame. Sounds like this young lady had a lot going for her and now this in a moment of carelessness.
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Just want to say that my family and I are very sad at the tragedy of this young woman's death. We are praying for the family and friends and will continue to do so.
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Cell phones should be out and out illegal when driving a car.
I see cops, fireman, truckers all ignoring the laws.
1,000 dollar fines.
Safety First

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Long stretches of highway behind a slow vehicle can be annoying, but its better to relax and take your time vs. the alternative.
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It's always best to maintain speeds of 80mph on Blood Alley while talking on a cell phone and passing willy nilly. Heck between Red Bluff and Chico you could arrive as much as two minutes sooner. It's totally worth it. And exciting to boot.

It's still legal for women to drive right?
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What was so important that she had to get to so fast? May this be a lesson to younger drivers that sometimes it's best to follow the car doing the speed limit, instead of trying to NASCAR around it.

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Old and Retired wrote:
Isn't there a speed limit on this dangerous road? How many people are going to be killed, in addition to those already gone, before this road is widened or something done to make it not so hazardous. Apparently speed limits or signs warning drivers not to pass are not working. What a shame. Sounds like this young lady had a lot going for her and now this in a moment of carelessness.
You can put up all the signs you want, it is not going to change people's bad behavior. When people drive carelessly, accidents happen. There are those signs up that warn drivers that red light runners will incur huge fines. Does that stop them...NO! People drive like idiots because they somehow think the laws do not apply to them. I share your frustration, but until we have enough law enforcement out there to do traffic enforcement and the fines for offenders are huge, things will be as they are. And, with the budget crunch law enforcement currently faces, I wouldn't hold my breath.

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Safety First wrote:
Long stretches of highway behind a slow vehicle can be annoying, but its better to relax and take your time vs. the alternative.
Couldn't agree more. I pull over all the time for impatient chowderheads tailgating me all the time up Highway 32...and I drive the speed limit! There are so many dear that jump out that you always have to anticipate something that may happen and give the car ahead of year some space. Slow down people and leave 10 minutes early so you don't feel the need to be careless. I know, dream on.....
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Lloyd wrote:
Cell phones should be out and out illegal when driving a car.
I see cops, fireman, truckers all ignoring the laws.
1,000 dollar fines.
First responders are exempt from the cell phone ban, however I don't see how cell phones pertain to this story. The real rule of the road that applies here is the Lugnut Rule: He who has the most lugnuts wins.
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Fortunately she only killed herself. Too many totally incompetent drivers kill far too many innocent people.
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I noticed none of the bleeding hearts showed the slightest concern for the truck driver or his loss.
Pathetic really.
ChicoGal

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Concern for the truck driver or his loss? I think his loss was next to nothing compared to the life lost. I'm sure if the trucker is thanking the heavens that he is alive & probably mourning for the family. tragic.
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It might be time to put a concrete barrier in the middle of that road. I'm sure the expense would be less than the loss of an 18 year old. Very tragic.
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ChicoGal wrote:
Concern for the truck driver or his loss? I think his loss was next to nothing compared to the life lost. I'm sure if the trucker is thanking the heavens that he is alive & probably mourning for the family. tragic.
Yes but through no fault of his own, the truck drivers' life has been forever changed. As someone who has logged a lot of miles behind the wheel of a semi, I can tell you that I still remember the faces of over a dozen people who did something stupid in front of me and almost lost their lives. I can only imagine how deeply embedded those memories would be if my reactions had been delayed even a split second longer.
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Stephens wrote:
It's always best to maintain speeds of 80mph on Blood Alley while talking on a cell phone and passing willy nilly. Heck between Red Bluff and Chico you could arrive as much as two minutes sooner. It's totally worth it. And exciting to boot.
It's still legal for women to drive right?
How is this relevant? The fact that she was a woman has nothing to do with the fact that a poor mistake and was killed. It could happen, unfortunately, to anyone. She was probably late for class, and speaking as a college student, it's lame to show up late if you can help it. Teachers sometimes dock points for it. This doesn't mean that she should have done such a stupid thing and try to pass a line of cars on a one way road. I'd rather be late than die.

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