SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A driver is dead after his station wagon veers off northbound U.S. Highway 101 in San Jose and bursts into flames.

The crash occurred at 1:54 a.m. Friday near Blossom Hill Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP says the driver veered off the road and hit a tree.

The force of the impact nearly split the minivan in half causing it to burst into flames. The trees then caught fire.

Good Samaritans called 911 and tried to stop and help.

Emergency crews couldn’t get to the driver for about 20 minutes because the heat and flames kept them back.

It turns out the driver was from out of town.

No word on the cause of the crash, or if driver fatigue was a factor.

The crash closed lanes of northbound U.S. Highway 101 for a few hours.

All lanes have since reopened.

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