Motorcycle accident backed up traffic on San Mateo Bridge in both directions

Portions of the San Mateo Bridge were closed in the middle of rush hour as emergency crews tried to assist a motorcyclist who collided with a passenger vehicle.

According to the California Highway Patrol Officer Peter Van Eckhardt, two lanes of traffic heading west and one lane of traffic heading east was closed for nearly 35 minutes Wednesday evening.

Calls came in to CHP around 5:30 p.m. and the accident was cleared by 6:06 p.m.

Van Eckhardt said motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital with “major injuries” including a broken back and broken arm.

Original plans to land a helicopter on the bridge to transport the patient were moved to the Foster City side of the bridge, Van Eckhardt said, to allow for traffic to move.

The motorcyclist was first place in an ambulance then flown to a hospital.

“Back injuries are a major issue,” he said. “We need to carefully put him in an ambulance first.”

The motorcycle was described as a “sport bike.” Van Eckhardt did not have a description of the vehicle involved.

Traffic was backed up in both directions, he said, but should return to normal commute congestion.

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