5 Dead In Fiery Head-On Collision San Jose

A woman suffered critical injuries from being involved in a head-on collision that went up in flames. The incident killed five people on a highway that links the Bay area to Yosemite National Park in addition to other Sierra Nevada locations.

“It’s one of the worst we’ve had in a while,” Nick Norton, spokesman for the California Highway Patrol, stated.

CHP says a 2012 Mercedes-Benz SUV and a 2012 Nissan Maxima sedan collided on Highway 120 at Smith Station Road, east of Groveland, at around 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Norton added that it was unclear which car crossed the double-yellow lines that resulted in the collision.

“Additional vehicles were in front of the two cars that were involved in the collision,” Norton stated Sunday evening, “we hope those drivers will come forward and provide us with more information. As of now, there are no direct witnesses of the incident to our knowledge.”

The CHP believes Jeongsoo Yang, Saratoga resident of age 50, was the only passenger in the Mercedes, who survived the collision. Four others were killed. Due to the fire, investigators were having difficulty identifying the bodies.

The motorist in the Nissan who was 22-year-old Marcos Lopez Martinez, from Merced, died at the scene. Passenger Sasha Magan, who was also 22, suffered critical injuries and was airlifted to Memorial Hospital in Modesto.

Flames from the Mercedes spread to an area of the Stanislaus National Forest but were quickly extinguished by local firemen. Investigators closed the highway for several hours; it was reopened Sunday morning.
If you or a loved one have been in an accident in San Jose, contacting a San Jose personal injury attorney from Guldjian Law APC could help you determine whether you are entitled to legal compensation.