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Multi-vehicle fiery Hwy 101 crash results in one dead, two injured

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One person died and two others were injured and transported to the hospital after a four-car collision on U.S. Highway 101 in south San Jose the morning of Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. All four cars involved caught fire.

One person has died, two others have been transported to a hospital and one other person was uninjured following a fiery multiple-vehicle collision on northbound U.S. Highway 101 in south San Jose early Thursday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol and San Jose Fire Department.

All four vehicles involved in the collision, first reported at 3:29 a.m. just north of Bailey Avenue and south of state Highway 85 caught fire and were destroyed, Fire Captain Brad Cloutier said.

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.”

Only one of the six lanes of the freeway is currently open and the others remain closed with no estimated time of reopening, a CHP dispatcher said.

No further information is immediately available.

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