The California Highway Patrol has confirmed one fatality and
multiple injuries in a big-rig crash this morning on state Highway 17 in
Santa Clara County.
Northbound lanes of Highway 17 have been shut down and traffic is
being diverted onto state Highway 9, according to CHP.
The crash was reported at about 7:50 a.m., and a Sig-alert was
issued at 8:16 a.m., CHP said.
According to CHP spokesman Officer Ross Lee, while the cause of
the crash is still under investigation, it appears that the big-rig lost its
brakes and jackknifed while traveling north on Highway 17 south of Bear Creek
At least eight vehicles were involved in the crash, and multiple
injuries were reported. Five ambulances and a life-flight helicopter were
sent to the scene of the crash, according to Lee.
Lee said one person died after being ejected from a vehicle.
Northbound traffic is being turned around at Summit Road, and
state Highway 9 is being used as alternative to Highway 17, CHP said.
Lee said the northbound lanes of Highway 17 will remain closed
until about 5 p.m.