Camerino Ramos Ortiz and Shawn Barbee Killed in Head-On Collision in Glenn County

Two people were killed and three others injured on Monday morning, August 23rd in Glenn County. 

The fatal head-on collision took place at about 6:15 a.m. on Highway 45. 

According to CHP, Shawn Barbee was driving a Ford Explorer northbound when he drifted into the southbound lane, thus colliding head-on with a Chevy Malibu, driven by Camerino Ramos Ortiz. 

Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. 

There were also three additional passengers in the Ford who sustained major injuries. They included a 35-year-old woman, an 8-year-old boy and another 10-year-old boy. 

Each was transported to a local hospital. 

The crash remains under investigation.

Head-on collisions are without a doubt the most dangerous types of crashes. They may only account for 2% of accidents, however they make up 10% of all deadly crashes. 

The Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS) has found that: 

  • 75% of head-on crashes happen in rural areas
  • They are most common on two-lane highways
  • Failure in negotiating a curve on the road causes 23% of all fatal head-on collisions
  • 58% of head-on collisions result in a fatality
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