At 6:50 am Thursday, East Contra Costa Fire responded to a fatal vehicle crash at Deer Valley Road and Empire Mine Road which has shut down the roadway.
As of 7:30 am, the roadway was still closed. No details have been released.
Antioch police said there is no estimated time to reopen at this time. The accident is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol.
8:15 am Update per ECCFPD
According to the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District, the incident was a 3-vehicel crash that left one person dead, and two others transported to local hospitals with injuries.
Update per CHP
FATAL COLLISION this morning on DEER VALLEY ROAD
Today at about 7:01am, Contra Costa CHP was advised of a three vehicle traffic collision on Deer Valley Road, just north of Empire Mine Road. Upon CHP and emergency personnel arrival, it was determined that a Honda Civic collided with a Honda Accord, and then into a Toyota Camry. The male driver of the Honda Civic was pronounced deceased at the scene. The other two drivers only suffered minor injuries and complaints of pain.
In the initial investigation, it appears that the solo male driver (38yr old from Brentwood) of the Honda Civic was traveling northbound on Deer Valley Road and for unknown reasons, he veered across the solid double yellow lines and into oncoming southbound traffic on Deer Valley Road, directly into the path of the oncoming Honda Accord and collided with the Accord. Then the Civic spun out of control, continuing in the southbound lane and collided with the oncoming Toyota. The solo female driver from the Accord was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries only and the solo female driver from the Toyota was privately taken to a local hospital for only minor complaints of pain only. Tragically the 38yr old male driver of the Honda Civic was pronounced deceased at the scene. The Contra Costa County Coroner was dispatched to the scene to identify the deceased male and recover his body. The Coroners office will be the lead agency regarding the release of the deceased male identity.
It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs are a factor in this collision. This collision is still under investigation and if anyone witnessed it or the events leading up to it, please contact Contra Costa CHP in Martinez, (925) 646-4980. Thank you.