Deadly crash caused by coughing fit

September 11, 2009 8:06:41 PM PDT
The California Highway Patrol says a crash that killed three people on I-280 Thursday may have been caused by a coughing fit.

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Police are still investigating, but it appears the 70-year-old driver lost control of his van because of his medical condition. He survived, but his three passengers were killed.

One of the victims was a San Jose woman; the other two were from Belgium.

The crash sparked a grass fire, and closed 280 for most of the afternoon.

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