A head-on collision claims the life of a 57-year-old woman

MARYSVILLE, Calif. - A 57-year-old woman was killed and a 71-year-old man injured in a head-on crash on Highway 70 just north of Marysville.

The crash shut down the highway for more than two hours.

This is the second fatal accident that has happened on the stretch of highway north of Marysville in just over a month and drivers who use that highway everyday are starting to get worried.

The CHP says a white truck with a 71-year-old man behind the wheel was heading towards Oroville going about 65 miles per hour around 11:30 this morning.

Officials said the man suddenly started drifting to the other side of the road where he hit a white sedan head on. The 57-year-old woman behind the wheel of the sedan died.

The man in the truck was air lifted to the hospital.

"It put me way behind schedule or course," said Wes Esterberg, a delayed driver.

This is the first time Esterberg has been on Highway 70.  He was on his way to Los Angeles from Weaverville.

"Well I had to come to Oroville and actually take [Highway] 99 -- because it's gotten so late down to Bakersfield -- and spend the night," said Esterberg.

On June 27, just south of where this accident happened, two people lost their lives in a head on collision.  A 50-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman

Back on March 4, a tanker tipped over, spilling ethanol all over the road giving the highway a reputation for being accident-prone.

"Well I've been talking to some of the people waiting and they are telling me this is ‘death alley' right here," said Esterberg.

The CHP has not released the names of the drivers involved in the accident and there has been no update on how the 71-year-old man is doing.

We'll stay on top of this story and bring you the latest.

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