A woman died in her Volvo when it burst into flames after she rammed into the back of a garbage truck on the Bay Bridge on Wednesday morning, an accident that caused the entire bridge to be shut down.
Witnesses reported that the Volvo was traveling east at speeds that appeared to exceed 100 mph before it slammed into the rear of the truck, which was slowly approaching the S-Curve at 3:50 a.m. near Treasure Island, California Highway Patrol Officer Peter Van Eckhardt said.
CHP closed all lanes of the bridge because they needed to extinguish the flames from the Volvo and feared the smoke would obstruct the view of drivers on the westbound deck, Eckhardt said.
By the time the fire was extinguished, the woman had died.
The San Francisco Medical Examiner had not identified the driver Wednesday morning.
No one else was inside the Volvo.
Traffic was backed up until about 4:30 a.m. until CHP reopened some of the westbound lanes.
The entire bridge reopened around 6 a.m., and because the crash was on the eastbound deck, traffic was not too congested after the span was reopened, Van Eckhardt said.
The driver of the garbage truck did not report any injuries.