Crash shuts down Northern California highway

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Updated: 7/11 10:08 am

LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — Highway 17 in the San Francisco Bay Area will remain shut down during the evening commute after a big rig crash left one driver dead and at least seven others injured.

The California Highway Patrol says the crash on northbound Highway 17 in Los Gatos occurred shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday. The highway connects Silicon Valley to Santa Cruz

The CHP says the big rig filled with dirt was traveling northbound jackknifed and struck numerous other vehicles, causing one driver to be ejected.

The driver and his vehicle were then dragged. The driver died.

Lt. Scot Loetscher said the truck driver said his brakes started smoking while approaching a downhill grade.

The northbound lanes of Highway 17 were shut down after the crash as traffic was being redirected.

 

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