Cargo kills man on S.F. Bay Bridge

A pickup truck struck a freightliner carrying a load of steel rebar on the Bay Bridge on Saturday morning, piercing the truck and killing the man inside, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Randy Madrigal, 39, of Fresno, was driving his 2004 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck westbound in the far left lane behind a 2001 freightliner tractor-trailer near the Treasure Island exit at 4:45 a.m., police said.

As the fully loaded freightliner was exiting left at 5 mph, Madrigal struck the rear of the freightliner at an unknown speed and the steel rebar pierced his truck, CHP said.

Madrigal was transferred to San Francisco General Hospital and was pronounced dead at 5:38 a.m. The driver of the freightliner, 71-year-old Phillip Sanchez of Oakley, was not hurt. The rebar spilled onto the far left lane of the bridge and caused closures of three westbound lanes, CHP said. Traffic was blocked for about a quarter-mile behind the accident.

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

‘Mad Mob’ aims to influence SF City Hall on mental health policies

They are fed up with City Hall telling those who need the services what’s best for them

Police efforts to stem 49ers revelry in Mission District spark backlash

SFPD preparing for potential bonfires, vandalism on Super Bowl Sunday

Calendar of Events: San Francisco celebrates the Year of the Rat

JAN. 25 Choy Sun Doe Day: The San Francisco Chinese Chamber of… Continue reading

BART study: Ending paper tickets would ‘disproportionately’ impact low-income riders, people of color

When BART eventually eliminates its magnetic-stripe paper tickets from use, it will… Continue reading

Second case of respiratory coronavirus confirmed in U.S.

The woman, who is in her 60s, remained hospitalized Friday and her condition had been stabilized

Most Read