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Ceres woman, 55, killed going wrong way on southbound Highway 99
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TURLOCK - A 55-year-old Ceres woman was killed early yesterday morning in a head-on collision caused as she was driving the wrong way on Highway 99 north of Monte Vista Avenue south of Keyes.

Harmanpreet Kaur was identified as the victim.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Kaur was driving a blue 2001 Honda northbound in the fast southbound lane at 70 to 80 mph. At 1:05 a.m. she collided with southbound motorist Jeffrey Wilson, 36, of Bakersfield, who was driving a red 1998 Chevy pickup. The two vehicles collided in the fast lane, sending the Honda into the center median and the pickup off the right side into a ditch.

Kaur was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wilson sustained major injuries and was rushed to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto for treatment of life threatening injuries. His passenger, Ramond Aguirre, 58, of Bakersfield, sustained only minor injuries but was taken to Doctors Medical Center.

The accident closed the freeway for two hours. A large amount of vehicle debris had to be cleared before the southbound lanes were reopened.