One dead in 3-vehicle collision on U.S. highway 101 in San Jose

- One person died in a three-vehicle collision this morning on a highway in San Jose, California Highway Patrol officials said. 

CHP officers were notified at 4:28 a.m. of a collision on northbound U.S. Highway 101 south of Tully Road. 

According to a preliminary investigation by officers, a black BMW sedan came to a stop on the highway and did not have its lights on.

A tan Toyota minivan hit the rear of the BMW, spun around 180 degrees and stopped with its lights off as well.

The driver of the Toyota got out of the minivan and ran to the right shoulder, CHP officials said. 

A blue big-rig traveling at about 50 mph hit the Toyota, causing the minivan to spin around, veer to the right and eventually stop over a storm drain. 
   
The collision damaged the oil pan on the big-rig and it leaked about 8 gallons of engine oil into the storm drain. 
   
Two persons in the BMW suffered major injuries and were taken to a hospital. 
  
The driver suffered injuries to his head and arm. The female passenger died.  
   
CHP officers allege that the driver of the BMW was under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested for DUI.

A Caltrans crew responded and cleaned up the oil in the storm drain and all lanes of the highway reopened at noon.
 

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