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3 Killed in Car Fire on Hwy 101 in San Jose

The California Highway Patrol said three people were killed in a car fire on U.S. Highway 101 in San Jose early Sunday after their car veered off the road and crashed into two trees.

Officers responded to a report of a car fire on the southbound Highway 101 connector to Interstate Highway 280 shortly before 2 a.m., CHP Officer Daniel Hill said.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found a four-door red Infiniti sedan completely engulfed in flames.

Preliminary investigation indicates the car was traveling on US-101 southbound and left the west roadway edge. The left front of the car struck a tree, continued to travel south, and struck a second tree. The car rotated in a counter clockwise manner and came to rest on an embankment separating US-101 southbound from the I-680 interchange. The car immediately caught fire.

Three people in the car were killed in the fire, Hill said. The identities of the deceased are being withheld until they have been positively identified and the next of kin have been notified. Preliminary indications show the driver is a 34-year-old man from San Jose. One of the passengers is a 31-year-old female from San Jose and the identity of the other passenger is still unknown.

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