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Wrong-way Collision Claims 3 Arbuckle Residents on I-505

santiagoramrezThe small community of Arbuckle mourns the loss of three residents after they were killed in a wrong-way collision on Interstate 505, just north of Highway 16.

According to the California Highway Patrol, at approximately 10:22 PM on Saturday, May 2, 2015, 36-year-old Francisco Garcia Salazar of Antioch, was traveling the wrong-way on the northbound lane of Interstate 505 in a Honda Accord.

CHP Officer, Joell Merrill observed Garcia traveling at a high rate of speed in his direction and began a pursuit. Officer Merrill notified dispatch of the wrong-way vehicle and began his attempt to overtake the wrong-way driver.

Traveling at an excess of 85 mph, Garcia continued past two vehicles and subsequently collided with head-on with a Toyota Camry.

The driver of the Toyota Camry, 38-year-old Sofia Ramirez of Arbuckle, sustained fatal injuries. Ramirez’s two daughters, Alyssa Santiago 17, and Brenda Santiago 15, also sustained fatal injuries. Ramirez’s husband 34-year-old Joaquin Sanchez sustained minor to moderate injuries and  transported to Keiser Hospital in Vacaville.

Garcia sustained fatal injuries.

The CHP is currently investigating the incident as alcohol may have been a factor.

Friends and Arbuckle community members have stepped up to help the Ramirez/Santiago family with funeral expenses.

A GoFundMe page ( has been setup for the family, in addition to a Memorial Account setup at Umpqua Bank in Arbuckle.<

Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
Lloyd Green Jr. is the Owner and Publisher of the Williams Pioneer Review. He is dedicated in publishing the news and informing the community of Colusa County. Lloyd has been with the publication since 2008, and purchased the business in 2010. Under his ownership the newspaper has grown significantly in subscriptions, publishes weekly, and obtained the title of Newspaper of General Circulation by the Superior Court of Colusa County in Sept. 2017. Lloyd is also the director of advertising, classified manager, legal notice clerk, and circulation manager. To contact Lloyd, email him at or call (530) 458-4141 ext. 100.

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