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.

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