Deadly Crash on Bay Bridge Triggers Massive Traffic Delays
OAKLAND, Calif. (May 31, 2019) — One person died early Wednesday May 29th when a box truck slammed into the rear of a commuter bus on the Bay Bridge.
Ripple effects were felt throughout the region’s highways and transit systems, with BART estimating that at least an additional 10,000 people hopped on trains heading from the East Bay into San Francisco to avoid bridge traffic.
A passenger in the truck was killed and two others injured, authorities said. Two bus passengers complained of pain and were also hospitalized.
The Alameda County Coroner’s Office has not released the name of the deceased.
The California Highway Patrol said the collision was first reported at 4:28 a.m. in the westbound lanes of the bridge, east of Treasure Island.
The CHP said the box truck slammed into the rear of the bus in the extreme right lane, heavily damaging the front of the truck and causing it to tip on its side.
BART ran extra trains throughout the morning rush hour to accommodate the extra passengers riding trains into the San Francisco area, said officials.
As of 8:45 a.m. all the bridge lanes, except the one where the collision happened, were open. Delays in reopening the last lane were due to 40 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled onto the roadway after the collision .
Traffic on all freeways around the city was impacted well into the afternoon.
Source: The Mercury News
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