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1 Dead, 2 Hurt in Fiery Crash on Northbound Highway 101 in the South Bay

All lanes are back open, but the multi-vehicle bottled up traffic during the morning commute

One driver died and two others were hurt in a fiery multi-vehicle crash along northbound Highway 101 in the South Bay early Thursday morning, officials said.

The wreck, which was reported around 3:30 a.m., happened north of Bailey Avenue just before the Highway 85 interchange, the San Jose Fire Department said. Four vehicles involved in the crash burst into flames.

All lanes of the highway have reopened, but the crash, subsequent investigation and cleanup effort caused a massive traffic backup for commuters trying to head into the San Jose area and beyond. Nearby Monterey Road was also clogged as motorists tried to get around the crash.

Of the two injured drivers, one suffered moderate injuries while the other sustained minor injuries, officials said. Another driver, Scott Olah of Hollister, was able to walk away without any injuries.

Olah said he was on his way to San Jose as part of his routine commute when he came across some debris on the highway.  

"I swerved not to hit it," he said. "So I don't know if anybody else hit it prior or what. Or is there an accident prior to that that caused me to get in the accident?"

It is not clear at this time what caused the crash.

No other information was immediately available.

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