SUNNYVALE, Calif. (KRON) — Three people were killed and five were injured in a multi-vehicle collision on northbound Highway 101 in Sunnyvale early Monday morning, according to the San Jose California Highway Patrol office. Both the northbound and southbound lanes have since reopened, and traffic is moving in both directions as of 9:05 a.m. after all lanes were previously closed Monday morning.
A call came into the San Jose CHP just before 12:30 a.m. reporting a car hitting the center median between Lawrence Expressway and North Fair Oaks Boulevard. Shortly after, several more cars crashed, officials said.
San Jose CHP officials said three people were killed, none of whom were from the initial solo crash. The Bay City News also reported that five people were injured and are being treated at the hospital.
CHP spokesperson Ross Lee told KRON4 the three victims got out of their cars and were killed, possibly from cars two and three in order of vehicles involved following the solo crash. A total of seven cars were involved, CHP officials said.
Both northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 101 are shut down Monday morning. A detour is set up to divert traffic off at Fair Oaks Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol incident page. There is no estimated time of reopening.
The southbound lane also had a multi-vehicle collision after a body was ejected from the northbound to southbound freeway. One witness from the southbound side told KRON4 they were involved in a collision after avoiding a body in the lanes.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing.
Bay City News contributed to this report.
This story is developing and will be updated.