SAN JOSE, CA (August 8, 2019) – One person was killed and two others suffered minor injuries in a fiery car accident on Highway 101, just south of the exit for Highway 85.
Around 3:30 a.m., a station wagon hit the center divide for unknown reasons, spurring a chain reaction crash that included five cars total. A Ford Fusion then hit the station wagon and flipped onto its roof, followed by a Toyota Yaris, Toyota Tacoma, and a Subaru.
Four of the five vehicles ended up engulfed in flames. Officer Chris Miceli, of the California Highway Patrol, stated that in his seventeen years as a CHP officer, he had never seen so many vehicles on fire at once.
The driver of the station wagon was killed. The driver of the Ford Fusion and the driver of the Subaru each sustained minor injuries and were transported to the hospital. All but one northbound lane of Highway 101 was closed until about 8 a.m., when all lanes were reopened again.
Authorities are still investigating what caused the initial crash. Gilroy CHP are asking for any witnesses of the crash for details.