Two-Vehicle Collision near Champlin Slough Left 2 Dead, 1 InjuredTEHAMA COUNTY, CA (June 19, 2023) – Saturday afternoon, a head-on collision along State Route 99 claimed the lives of James Hartley and Celeste Young. Officials responded to the collision around 2:55 p.m. in SR-99, south of Champlin Slough. Upon arrival, the CHP learned that a Ford Ranger entered the opposing lanes and collided head-on with a BMW 428i. Responding units from Cal Fire extinguished the fire that resulted from the crash. Tragically, both drivers from the two vehicles died at the scene. Meanwhile, paramedics transported a BMW passenger to Enloe Medical Hospital for treatment of significant injuries. The California Highway Patrol later identified the deceased drivers as 54-year-old James Hartley and 67-year-old Celeste Young. Both were determined to be Los Molinos residents. Anyone with additional information about the fatal head-on crash is encouraged to contact the CHP Red Bluff area office immediately.
No words can mend the broken hearts and sorrow felt during this delicate moment. Deepest condolences and sympathies are with the family and friends of James Hartley and Celeste Young.
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