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Man killed in freak accident on I-680 in Danville identified as Pacheco resident

27-year-old was waiting on embankment for tire repair when car involved in crash hit him as it veeered off freeway

A man who was killed in a crash in Danville on Friday while waiting for a flat tire to be changed has been identified as Junior Nelson Carrera, a 27-year-old Pacheco resident, a Contra Costa County coroner's deputy said today.

Carrera and a second man were driving a Nissan pickup truck on southbound Interstate Highway 680 just north of El Pintado at about 10:20 a.m. when they got a flat tire, California Highway Patrol Officer Tom Maguire said.

They pulled over onto the right shoulder and called a roadside assistance company for help. The roadside assistance worker arrived and parked directly behind the pickup truck.

The two men from the pickup truck walked up a dirt embankment to be out of the way of traffic while the worker changed the tire, Maguire said.

The worker had just finished replacing the tire and was removing the jack from underneath the pickup truck when a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. boom truck and a Chevrolet coupe crashed into each other.

The crash caused the Chevrolet to veer off the right side of the road and up the dirt embankment, striking the roadside assistance vehicle, the pickup truck and the two men standing on the embankment, Maguire said.

Carrera was pronounced dead at the scene.

The second man, a 30-year-old Concord resident, was transported to John Muir Medical Center with road rash. He is expected to survive his injuries.

The driver of the Chevrolet, 23-year-old Crystal Chong, a Culver City resident, was also taken to John Muir Medical Center and is expected to survive.

The PG&E worker and the roadside assistance worker were not injured, Maguire said.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but there was no indication that alcohol or drugs were involved.

Caitilin McAdoo, Bay City News

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