MARTINEZ -- One person died and four others were injured in a fiery crash Tuesday on westbound Highway 4 just past the Morello Avenue exit.
The crash occurred shortly before 7 p.m., when the driver of a two-door Nissan Sentra lost control, veered into the center divider, then caromed back across the road and into the side guard rail before coming to a stop. An approaching SUV struck the stopped car from behind, sending the smaller vehicle down an embankment at the side of the road, where it burst into flames.
The driver, the car's only occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene, California Highway Patrol Officer Dave Bartlett said. The driver's name, gender and age were not immediately available.
Four people in the SUV were injured and at least two were transported to area hospitals for treatment, but the severity of their injuries was unknown.
Officers are investigating the crash, including what caused the driver of the first car to lose control. Witnesses are asked to call the CHP at 925-646-4980.
The two-left hand lanes of the highway were closed during the investigation.
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