SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — One person was dead, two others hospitalized after a horrific 4-car crash exploded into flames early Thursday in the northbound lanes of Highway 101 in south San Jose, authorities said.
The California Highway Patrol said the crash took place at 3:29 a.m. just north of Bailey Avenue and south of state Highway 85.READ MORE: Puppy Stolen From Vehicle In San Francisco; Suspect Refuses To Cooperate
All four vehicles involved in the collision caught fire and were destroyed, Fire Captain Brad Cloutier said.
“Vehicles don’t usually catch on fire when they’re in a collision. To have that happen to one of them is pretty rare – to have that happen to four of them is pretty unique,” Cloutier said.READ MORE: Bay Area COVID-19 Roundup: Crimes Linked To Lockdown-Violating Underground Gatherings; Santa Clara Relaxes Outdoor Gathering Rules
The crash closed all but one lane in the northbound commute direction on 101 for several hours, causing a major backup that stretched into Morgan Hill. Other alternate routes, including Monterey Road and Santa Teresa Boulevard were also backed up.
All lanes of northbound 101 were reopened as of 8:15 a.m.MORE NEWS: Los Altos Hills Man Arrested For Child Porn Possession, Distribution
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