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UPDATE: Sig-Alert Issued for I-80 Near Richmond Due to Jackknifed Big-Rig

The CHP says the big-rig has been removed but the fast lanes in both directions will likely stay closed as crews repair the center divider.

UPDATE at 9:53 a.m.—

A big-rig crashed into the center divider on Interstate Highway 80 near Richmond early this morning, creating gridlock in both directions, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The incident began at about 5:30 a.m. when a westbound big-rig collided with two other vehicles near El Portal Drive, CHP Officer Sean Wilkenfeld said. That caused the driver to lose control, and the big-rig veered across westbound lanes and crashed into the center divider.

It came to rest partially in the eastbound lanes, Wilkenfeld said. "It's actually perched on the center divide," he said at about 8:15 a.m. The truck driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital, he said. The crash caused the closure of two lanes on the westbound side of the highway and three lanes on the eastbound side, Wilkenfeld said.

Crews have removed the big-rig, but motorists are still advised to avoid the area for the entire morning commute. Caltrans crews are on scene assessing the damage, and the fast lanes in both directions will likely stay closed as crews repair the center divider, Wilkenfeld said.

Wilkenfeld reminded motorists to slow down, because roadways are slick from the rain. He also noted that hazardous driving conditions are expected again during the evening commute, and advised drivers to leave work early or late if possible to avoid traffic.

Original Story By Bay City News—


Traffic is snarled early this morning after a big-rig crashed into the center divide of Interstate Highway 80 in Contra Costa County near Richmond, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash involving several cars was reported at about 5:30 a.m. on Highway 80 between El Portal and Hilltop drives, the CHP said.

A big-rig jackknifed during the crash and jumped the center divide, according to the CHP.

A Sig-alert was issued at 5:47 a.m. with the three left lanes of both eastbound and westbound directions of Highway 80 blocked, the CHP said.

The roadway is expected to be blocked for about two hours.

*Editor's note: Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

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Robert Marshall February 06, 2014 at 10:55 AM
This explains the helicopters in Albany just about 6:15am-ish. With one lane each way I'm sure it didn't take long to snarl up traffic. Lord know what San Pablo must've looked like at that point because there aren't too many alternatives at this point.
Patty O'Day February 06, 2014 at 04:18 PM
It took me 2.5 hours to get to my job in Mill Valley today from Hercules. This commute usually takes me about 50 minutes. I thought I was so smart when I saw how bad the traffic was, I decided to take 680 to 24 across. Apparently everyone else in town had the same idea. Ugh!

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