Southbound Highway 99 shut down south of Merced after deadly crash

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The southbound lanes of Highway 99 is closed off near Merced Friday night after a crash left at least one person dead, the California Highway Patrol said.

Authorities said three cars collided when a vehicle traveling north veered into the oncoming lanes near Plainsburg Road. Traffic in the area is being diverted while investigators look into how the crash happened.

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