2 fatal crashes reported in Bay Area Thanksgiving morning

The early morning hours of Thanksgiving Day saw multiple road collisions around the Bay Area that resulted in at least two deaths.

A four-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 101 in Belmont led to the death of a woman, while a three-car pileup in unincorporated Brentwood killed at least one person.

Authorities responded at about 3 a.m. to the northbound lane of Highway 101 near Ralston Avenue in Belmont, where they found a severely damaged green 1991 Honda Accord blocking a lane, as well as three other vehicles that had crashed into it.

California Highway Patrol officers suspect the Accord may have already been involved in a hit-and-run crash that resulted in the car idling in the left lanes, without lights on and facing the wrong direction.

Some time later, a red 2019 Honda Clarity crashed into the Accord, sending it rotating across the highway lanes to the right, where it collided with a 2019 Mercedes Benz.

Moments later, a 2013 Toyota Prius crashed into the red Honda, authorities said.

Responding officers saw citizens performing CPR on the driver of the green Accord. The driver, a woman, was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. Authorities are not releasing her name until next of kin is notified.

Other drivers in the crash were treated for minor injuries, CHP said.

The crash prompted officials to close the northbound lanes for several hours Thursday morning. The lanes were reopened around 11 a.m.

A separate, three-car crash was reported at about 5:51 a.m. at Vasco and Walnut boulevards in the unincorporated area of Brentwood in Contra Costa County.

A Toyota Corolla was driving south and a Ford F-350 was headed north when one of the vehicles crossed into the opposite lane and the two collided head on, California Highway Patrol said.

The driver of the Toyota suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, while another passenger in the car suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital. A medical helicopter was flown to the scene at one point.

This story will be updated. Bay City News contributed to this report.

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Author: Shomik Mukherjee