SAN JOSE — A male passenger sleeping in the back seat of a box truck was killed early Wednesday when the vehicle overturned on northbound Highway 101 near McKee Road, a crash that disrupted the morning commute, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The driver of the truck told the CHP that he “dozed off” just before the crash, according to Officer Ross Lee.
At 3:47 a.m., the CHP first received reports of an overturned truck on north 101 near McKee Road. By 4 a.m., all lanes of traffic were blocked.
The driver told the CHP he and the passenger were driving from Southern California and had been on the road for several hours, Lee said. After the driver fell asleep, the truck veered to the right embankment and flipped over.
It was not immediately clear if the passenger was wearing a seat belt.
The crash also caused fuel to spill onto the highway, Lee said. But rain washed it away.
Traffic on north 101 was being diverted at Alum Rock Avenue. As an alternative route, the CHP is advising northbound Interstate 280 to northbound Highway 87 to northbound 101.
At 6 a.m., the CHP said one lane of 101 was open near the scene of the crash and could not estimate when all lanes would reopen. The CHP warned drivers to expect delays and find alternate routes.
There were several other crashes and reports of roadway flooding during a wet Wednesday morning commute. On northbound 680, several motorists were involved in a crash with vehicle that was abandoned on the roadway, Lee said. There were no injuries reported, and authorities were searching for the abandoned vehicle’s registered owner.