One person is dead and several others were transported to hospitals following a car crash on Highway 17, according to local sources. California Highway Patrol has confirmed the death of a 60-year-old man from Santa Clara. Three other people were reportedly injured, two seriously, in this motor vehicle accident.

According to the accident report filed by police, the 60-year-old man had stopped his vehicle in two southbound lanes of Highway 17 for reasons that have not been confirmed. A second vehicle was not able to stop in time and rear-ended the stopped car, causing both cars to catch on fire. The driver of the stopped vehicle was trapped inside his car and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 52-year-old driver of the second car was unharmed and was able to help extricate the three individuals riding in his car. All three were injured, with two of the three suffering injuries described as major. They were all taken to local hospitals for treatment. Police closed the southbound lanes for over an hour in order to facilitate their investigation into the accident.

There are several ways this case could play out. Depending on the outcome of the investigation, California police may place the blame on either the deceased driver or the driver who hit him. Obviously, criminal charges will not be filed if the deceased driver is found to be responsible for the motor vehicle accident. However, in both cases, the injured parties may be entitled to file personal injury suits in civil court for damages incurred in the crash.