At least one person was killed in a fiery four-car crash on westbound Interstate Highway 580 near Livermore Thursday morning, a California Highway Patrol officer said.
The crash was reported at 10:04 a.m. just east of North Livermore Avenue. Both sides of the highway were initially blocked and a Sig-alert was issued at 10:14 a.m., CHP Officer Steve Creel said.
As of 11 a.m., all westbound lanes remained closed, while all but one eastbound lane had reopened.
The crash occurred when a Hummer driven by a 53-year-old man struck a Jeep Cherokee from behind, Creel said.
Those two cars hit another two cars, and the Jeep burst into flames. The fire spread to the Hummer, but the driver and his passenger, a man in his 20s, were able to escape.
The pair was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley with what appeared to be minor injuries, Creel said.
Emergency crews were eventually able to approach the Jeep and determined there was at least one deceased person inside. Crews will search for any other victims in the car, which was nearly destroyed in the crash, Creel said.
Creel did not have information on whether the occupants of the other two cars were injured. The blocked lanes have created a massive traffic jam in both directions.
The lane closures are expected to remain in effect for several hours, he said. Motorists are advised to expect delays and to avoid the area.