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Nine Injured In Big Crash On Nimitz
Friday, 19 September 2014 08:35
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PHOTO COURTESY ALAMEDA COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT
An SUV caused a big rig to swerve and then go out of control and plow through the center divider on I-880 early Monday morning.


By Amy Sylvestri
San Leandro Times

A massive crash on I-880 involved multiple cars,  critically injured three people and closed the freeway for hours Monday morning.

The crash occurred shortly after 3 a.m. on southbound I-880 near the Marina Boulevard exit, according to Officer Colton Kropp of the California Highway Patrol

The chain of collisions began when a driver in an SUV crashed into the center divider and that car burst into flames.

A southbound big rig tuck swerved to avoid the SUV and hit the divider, crashing through it and into the northbound lanes and sending debris flying.

Kropp said this caused several more cars traveling in both directions to be damaged and some to hit other vehicles and spin out of control.

Ten vehicles were involved in the accident and more were possibly damaged by debris, Kropp said. Nine people were taken to hospitals for injuries sustained in the crash and three were reported to be in critical condition. Kropp said the victims were expected to survive their injuries.

The crash caused the freeway to be shut in both directions until 6:30 a.m., snarling commute traffic. Then the CHP opened the freeway partially, with the left lanes in both directions shut down while the divider was repaired and a fuel spill cleaned, Kropp said.

The freeway fully reopened at about 9:30 a.m.

Kropp said that so far no arrests have been made and no citations have been given out, but both are still a possibility as the CHP continues its investigation into the accident.

“Right now we are organizing a large amount of statements that were taken at the scene and from there we will begin our investigation and see if any arrests will be made,” said Kropp.

 

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