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1 Dead in Multi-Vehicle Crash on SB Highway 17 Near Los Gatos

Crash on Highway 17.
NBC Bay Area

At least one person has died early Tuesday morning after a multiple-vehicle crash on southbound Highway 17 just south of Los Gatos, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP said the collision was first reported at 2:55 a.m. just south of the South Santa Cruz Avenue on-ramp to southbound Highway 17. The crash initially blocked all lanes, but one lane opened up as the investigation continued.

The victim was identified only as a 22-year-old man, whose name isn't yet being released. He was driving a 2017 Mazda when the vehicle veered onto the right shoulder and sloped embankment, then swerved across the highway and hit the concrete center divider and came to rest in a lane of the highway, according to the CHP.

The man may have removed his seatbelt just prior to the Mazda
being hit by a Toyota Prius, causing him to be partially ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene, CHP officials said.

The Santa Clara County medical examiner has been called to the scene.

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