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September 26, 2020

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CHP: Expect traffic ‘surge’ soon

During March and April, the number of traffic collisions and arrests of intoxicated drivers dropped dramatically statewide compared to the previous year,...

CHP to present car accident facts to Gilroy teens

GILROY—The California Highway Patrol will host presentations at high schools across South County in the coming weeks to inform students about their chances of being injured or killed in a car accident.

UPDATED: Fatal wreck in Gilroy kills four

GILROY—A Gilroy man was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence Tuesday night after his Mustang plunged into a ditch off Leavesley Road, killing three Gilroy high school girls and a young man and seriously injuring himself, authorities reported.

CHP seeks officer candidates during three-day application period

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will accept applications throughout September from individuals interested in a career as a CHP officer.

UPDATED: Traffic accident ignites grass fire

A big-rig truck burst into flames after colliding with a Mitsubishi, igniting a grass fire that forced a 3.5-hour closure of U.S. 101 in San Benito County Tuesday morning, authorities said. The accident happened on Highway 129, just west of U.S. 101 about 12:10 p.m. Tuesday, according to a press release from California Highway Patrol Officer Tran. The 2003 Mitsubishi was traveling eastbound on Highway 129 at an unknown speed, and the 2007 Freightliner big-rig was traveling westbound, police said. The driver of the big-rig told officers he was traveling about 45 mph. As the two vehicles approached each other, one of them crossed the double yellow line resulting in a head-on collision, police said. The Mitsubishi came to rest on the right shoulder of the highway, partially blocking the eastbound lane, police said. The 21-year-old driver, an Aromas resident, was trapped inside the vehicle and was extricated by personnel from the Hollister Fire Department and the San Benito County Fire Department. He was airlifted to San Jose Regional Hospital with major injuries. The 2007 Freightliner careered out of control after the collision, and hit the metal guardrail and fell down a 41-foot dirt embankment off the right shoulder of westbound Highway 129, police said. The 37-year-old driver from Hanford was able to exit the vehicle “just seconds” before it became fully engulfed in flames. The driver reported minor injuries to paramedics. The resulting fire spread to surrounding vegetation, and area fire departments responded to extinguish the flames, authorities said. The aftermath of the collision, grass fire and cleanup of diesel fuel on the roadway closed U.S. 101 to traffic for about 3.5 hours, police said. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, and alcohol was not a factor, police said. 

Driver died in wreck during police chase on 101

The male driver of a pickup truck died early Friday morning when the vehicle collided with a center divide during a police chase on Highway 101 in San Benito County.

Car wreck on U.S. 101 in south Gilroy

Authorities responded to a single-vehicle traffic accident that slowed traffic on U.S. 101 Friday afternoon, with minor injuries reported. 

CHP offers safe driving classes for teens, seniors

Start Smart class to improve teen driver safety

Teen and senior drivers: Start the New Year right behind the...

The Hollister-Gilroy area California Highway Patrol office will offer two safe driving programs in January – one for teenage drivers and one for senior citizen drivers.

Tips to keep 2012 holiday travel safe

With rainy weather over the final shopping weekend before Christmas and more storms forecast for Christmas Day, the California Highway Patrol prepared itself for “some of the toughest challenges.”