Bay Bridge lanes reopened, traffic still jammed

All lanes of westbound Interstate Highway 80 on the Bay Bridge have been cleared today following a fatal collision that left traffic throughout the Bay Area deadlocked, California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Kroncke said.

Traffic that backed up following the collision left cars stalled along the bridge and into the East Bay, Shawn Chase of the CHP said.

A pregnant woman stuck in traffic near the toll plaza went into labor during the stall, he added. The woman pulled over into the administration parking lot to give birth. Her condition is unknown, said Chase.

The collision that caused the backup occurred at about 1:15 p.m. on the upper level of the Bay Bridge on the section of the bridge before the tunnel at Treasure Island, Chase said.

A big rig, which had a utility crane attached, stalled in the No. 5 lane of the highway with its emergency lights on, Chase said. A box truck from a business called “Diet to Go” drove directly into the back of the big

rig, he said.

The drive of the box truck was killed, but the driver in the big rig was unharmed, Chase said. Based on the amount of damage caused by the collision, it is suspected the box truck was traveling “rather fast,” Chase

said.

Debris from the accident scattered across lanes of the highway, and the Nos. 3, 4 and 5 lanes were closed while crews cleared the wreckage.

A Sig-alert was issued at 1:41 p.m. and the roadway cleared at 3:55 p.m., Kroncke said.

Traffic is still congested into the East Bay along state Highway 24 and Interstate Highway 580, according to Chase.

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