Two killed in Highway 20 vehicle crash


Two women were killed and four other people injured in a two-vehicle crash Sunday on State Route 20, west of Walnut Drive, about five miles outside of Williams. 

The California Highway Patrol said the two women, ages 32 and 29, were from Oakland. 

The collision occurred at approximately 7:23 PM when the 32-year-old lost control of her 1996 Toyota Camry, and turned sideways into oncoming traffic, the CHP said. Both she and her passenger were killed when the Toyota collided with the front of a Ford Expedition, driven my Tamara Gomez, 61, of Rocklin. The CHP said Gomez, who was transferred to Enloe Medical Center with minor injuries, could not avoid hitting the Toyota broadside. 

Gomez’ three passengers, all from Rocklin, were also injured, the CHP said.

Jodi Richardson, 23, received major injuries and was transported to UC Davis Medical Center. Martina Ortega, 17, received minor injuries, and Angelica Ortega, 16, received moderate injuries. Both were transported to Kaiser Permanente in South Sacramento. 

‚ÄúAll occupants in both vehicles were wearing seat belts,‚ÄĚ the CHP said.¬†

SR-20 was closed to traffic for about three hours for the investigation and clean-up activities. 

The highway was reopened about 10:20 PM, the CHP said. 

The collision is still under investigation, and the names of the woman killed had not been released by press time. ‚Ė†