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Three fatal crashes in the Bay Area early Thanksgiving morning

The first fatal crash was a multi-vehicle collision in Belmont, which closed the freeway for four hours
Photo: Police tape / Getty Images

At least three people died in three separate crashes on Bay Area highways early Thursday morning, a grim start to the Thanksgiving holiday.

The first fatal crash was a multi-vehicle collision in Belmont. The crash happened in the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 101 just south of the Ralston Avenue interchange around 3 a.m., closing the lanes for four hours, according to the California Highway Patrol. The CHP responded to the call about the collision and by 3:15 a.m. closed both the eastbound and westbound on-ramps at Ralston Avenue diverting all northbound traffic off the highway at Ralston.  The northbound lanes have since opened.   

The second crash was in Napa when a pedestrian on State Route 221 at Streblow Drive was hit by oncoming traffic around 5 a.m., the CHP said. The roadway reopened around 6:45 a.m.

The third crash took place in Byron, in Contra Costa County, around 6 a.m., according to the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District. The collision on Vasco Road near Walnut Boulevard killed one person, injured two and caused major damage to two vehicles, Battalion Chief Gil Guerrero said.