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.

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Comments (6)
  1. lance says:

    slow down people!!!!!!!

  2. Bill says:

    A truly sad event, even for the survivors of the incident.

    It was just over a blind, curving hill, still dark outside, and people got out of their cars to flee to safety. (TV shows and movies would seem to suggest this as a good idea.) This incident has taught me that staying in my airbag-equipped vehicle, even in the middle of high-speed oncoming traffic, probably offers more safety than trying to get out.

    Truly unexpected and tragic. My heart and prayers go out to the loved ones of the victims and those involved.

  3. risktaker299 says:

    no wonder that explains why I was ate for school today,that traffic was a nightmare. so sad that person died

  4. kc says:

    Police & CHP are constantly saying STAY IN YOUR CAR WITH YOUR SEATBELT BUCKLED!

  5. tn says:

    When in doubt, always follow common sense, or at least follow the rules in that DMV test questions. Prayers to the families involved.

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