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Passenger In Minor Accident On 880 San Jose Killed Getting Out Of Car

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Interstate 880, fatal crash, CHP, San Jose

CHP officers at the scene of a fatal crash on Interstate 880 in San Jose, February 16, 2012. (CBS)

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – A passenger in a Honda that was involved in a minor accident on southbound Interstate Highway 880 in San Jose Thursday morning was struck and killed as she was getting out of the car, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

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The crash, which is blocking the two left lanes just north of The Alameda, was reported at 5:55 a.m. A Sig-alert was issued for the area at 6:13 a.m.

The victim was a passenger in a Honda Accord that was traveling south when it suddenly spun out of control and came to rest in the No. 1 lane, Officer D.J. Sarabia said.

A Volvo also traveling in the No. 1 lane was able to stop behind the Honda, and the driver of that car got out and ran safely to the right shoulder of the freeway, Sarabia said.

However, as the passenger in the Honda was getting out of the car, a Mercedes traveling in the No. 1 lane hit the Volvo and then the Honda, Sarabia said.

The victim ended up trapped under the Honda and was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

The driver of the Honda was taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Sarabia did not know the extent of his injuries.

The driver of the Volvo and the driver and passenger in the Mercedes were not injured.

The lanes were expected to reopen at about 9 a.m., Sarabia said.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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