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7-year-old killed in rollover crash on I-580

Livermore girl thrown from family van as it careened across freeway

A 7-year-old girl was killed in a rollover crash that injured her mother and two of her siblings on westbound Interstate Highway 580 in Livermore Friday morning, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

Hannah Bates of Livermore was ejected from the Ford Windstar she was riding in after it collided with a big-rig carrying two trailers full of grapes near Portola Avenue at 10:26 a.m., according to CHP Officer Steve Creel.

Creel said the van, which was traveling at about 65 mph in the far left lane, veered into the center median then to its right striking the rear-most trailer of the big-rig, causing the trailer to fishtail and overturn.

The van then veered back to its left and overturned, landing on its wheels.

Hannah Bates was thrown from the vehicle onto the pavement and was pronounced dead at the scene, Creel said. Her mother, 36-year-old Cynthia Bates, as well as her 9-year-old sister and 5-year-old brother all suffered minor injuries.

The siblings were flown to Children's Hospital Oakland and an ambulance took Cynthia Bates to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley.

Creel said it was raining at the time of the crash and investigators will, in addition to conducting a mechanical inspection of the vehicle, focus on weather conditions. The rear tires of the van were in very poor condition and the metal belts had worn through the rubber, he said.

Investigators will also look into whether the passengers were wearing seatbelts. Officers have determined drugs and alcohol were not factors in the crash.

The collision caused grapes to spill in the roadway and all four lanes of the highway were temporarily blocked. By 2 p.m., the highway had completely reopened.

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