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One dead after big rig hauling ammonia collides with pickup truck in Sutter County | Update

Sutter County Fire Department and the Yuba-Sutter Hazmat team are on the scene.

SUTTER COUNTY, Calif. — Update:

Sutter County Fire Department has provided more details on the crash that led to a person dying and a possible hazardous materials leak. 

According to an investigation by the California Highway Patrol, the big rig was traveling northbound down on Reclamation Road behind a slower moving pickup truck towing a boat. The accident occurred when the big rig tried to pass the slower moving pickup and collided head on with a pickup truck going in the opposite direction. Both vehicles erupted in flames. 

The driver of the pickup died. The driver of the big rig was uninjured. 

The big rig was hauling 20 tons of anhydrous ammonia, and though Yuba-Sutter Hazmat team is still on site, the trailer is intact and the ammonia did not leak. 

Road closures on Reclamation Road between Tisdale Road and Pelger Road are still in effect for roughly several more hours, according to crews on scene.  

Original story: 

A big rig overturned on Reclamation Road in Sutter County, sparking a fire and a "possible hazardous materials leak," Sutter County Fire Department said Thursday morning. 

One person died in the accident, and it is not clear, at this time, if this was the driver of the semi-truck or another person. 

A traffic report detailed that the semi-truck was fully engulfed in flames, but a photo shared by Sutter County Fire appears to show that the fire has since been put out. 

Sutter County Fire Department has not said what the hazardous material could be. The Yuba-Sutter Hazmat team is on scene taking care of the potential leak, and there are no evacuations at this time. 

As a result of the accident, Reclamation Road is closed between Tisdale Road and Pelger Road. It is recommended that drivers check the Sutter County Road Closure Map for detour options, which can be found on Sutter County's website

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