By Bill Lindelof
A 53-year-old woman died this morning in a head-on crash south of Yuba City.
A California Highway Patrol press release said that a 20-year-old woman was driving northbound on Highway 99 north of Messick Road about 6 a.m. when she fell asleep at the wheel and drifted toward the southbound lanes.
A car driven by the 53 year old woman traveling in the opposite direction tried to take evasive action and veered to the left into the center two-way left turn lane to avoid a crash. She was unable to avoid a collision and the two cars crashed head on.
An oncoming northbound car was unable avoid the collision and struck the crashed vehicles. Another car, heading southbound, also was unsuccessful in stopping and struck the car of the 20-year-old woman.
The woman initially hit head-on by the dozing driver died at the scene, according to the CHP.
The 20 year old, identified as Angela Elizabeth Mah, 20, of Concord, suffered a broken leg.
The drivers of the other two cars did not suffer major injuries.