NEWARK (BCN/CBS SF) — A traffic collision at the intersection of Thornton Avenue and an Interstate Highway 880 off-ramp in Newark early Friday morning killed at least one and seriously injured at least two others, according to the Fremont Police Department.

Fremont police received emergency calls around 2:30 a.m. Friday regarding the collision. Officers and first responders were dispatched to the intersection and found two vehicles with major damage.

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A preliminary investigation found that one vehicle was traveling west on Thornton Avenue and the second was traveling north on the off-ramp.

According to a witness interviewed by police investigators, the vehicle exiting the freeway was legally entering the intersection with a green light. The vehicle on Thornton subsequently struck the vehicle exiting the freeway.

The two drivers and a passenger in one of the vehicles were taken to a hospital with major injuries. The passenger later died from those injuries, according to the Fremont police.

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The passenger’s identity was not released Friday as next of kin have yet to be notified.

Officers are still investigating the collision and believe alcohol may have been a factor.

People with information are asked to contact Michael Ramsey with the Fremont Police Department Traffic Unit at (510) 790-6776 or via email at

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