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Chain Reaction Crash Kills Driver On I-580 In Livermore

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A firefighter stands next to a charred vehicle following a chain reaction crash on eastbound Interstate 580 in Livermore, January 30, 2013. (CBS)

A firefighter stands next to a charred vehicle following a chain reaction crash on eastbound Interstate 580 in Livermore, January 30, 2013. (CBS)

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LIVERMORE (CBS SF) — One person was killed in a fiery crash on eastbound Interstate Highway 580 in Livermore early Wednesday morning, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

The crash happened shortly before 6 a.m. just east of the Greevnille Road exit.

CHP Officer Steve Creel said the chain-reaction crash, which involved four vehicles, started when a Honda Civic rear-ended a red Mitsubishi Eclipse for unknown reasons.

The driver of the Eclipse pulled to the right shoulder and stopped, but the Honda Civic came to rest in lanes of traffic, where it was hit by a silver Nissan Murano, Creel said.

That impact caused the Honda to lose its lights, and the darkened car was pushed to the No. 2 or 3 lane.

A Chevrolet Tahoe then struck the Honda, crushing its rear and shoving it to the center median, where it caught fire, Creel said.

When emergency crews arrived, they found the Honda engulfed in flames.

The fire has been put out, but the Honda’s driver, who was believed to be alone in the car, died at the scene, Creel said.

Creel did not yet know whether the victim was a man or a woman.

The female driver of the Chevy Tahoe complained of pain and was taken to a hospital as a precaution, he said.

No other injuries were reported.

As of 7:45 a.m., only one eastbound lane was open and traffic was gridlocked. Westbound traffic was also backed up as passing motorists slowed to watch the activity on the other side of the highway.

(Copyright 2013 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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