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Three car collision results in fatality

A three car collision on US Highway 101 resulted in a fatality on Sunday, July 31.

At around 5:45 a.m., California Highway Patrol received word of a three-car traffic collision that involved one party driving the wrong direction.

The preliminary investigation found that Party One, a San Jose male of unknown age driving a 2004 Nissan Altima, was driving in the center divide while traveling north in the southbound lanes of Highway 101 near the PG&E Metcalf Substation. Party One collided with Party Two, a San Jose male aged 45 driving a 2015 Honda Accord, when he unsafely entered the number one lane. Both vehicles blocked the southbound lanes of Highway 101 after the collision. Party One stayed inside the 2004 Nissan Altima while a passerby assisted Party Two out of the vehicle.

Party Three, a 50-year old Gilroy man driving a 2016 Toyota Corolla, collided with the rear of the Nissan Altima. The impact of the two vehicles caused a fire that fully engulfed the Nissan Altima.

The collision is still under investigation. It is unknown at this time if drugs and/or alcohol were a factor in the cause of the collision.

If anyone has additional information pertaining to this collision or may had witnessed this collision, please contact Officer J. Jimenez at the CHP Hollister Gilroy Area Office at (408) 848-2324.