MARTINEZ — A woman died early Wednesday after the vehicle she was driving crashed into the highway median and was then hit by two other vehicles, according to California Highway Patrol.
The three-vehicle wreck on Highway 4 occurred at about 4:15 am, heading west just east of the Pine Street exit. CHP initially said he only had two cars involved.
Authorities did not immediately identify the driver as they are awaiting notification of her next of kin.
It’s the second fatal accident on the highway this year. Two of them died. In 2022, he had 15 fatal accidents on highways, killing 19 people.
In a statement, CHP said it was investigating why the woman lost control of her Ford hatchback and crashed into the median. After that crash, Ford got stuck in the lane and his SUV in Lexus crashed. A short time later, a Toyota SUV also hit Ford.
Authorities declared the woman dead at the scene.
The Lexus and Toyota drivers were not injured, according to CHP. All three vehicles were each occupied by a driver only.
Autopsy and toxicology reports will determine whether drugs or alcohol were a contributing factor.
The crash closed all westbound lanes and CHP issued a Sig Alert for the busy signal. The leftmost lane opened around 5:30 am. The entire highway he reopened by 7:30.
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