All lanes on I-680 near Bernal now open after 7-hour overnight closure

Big rig jackknifes Sunday night, flips across all lanes, blocking traffic for hours

All lanes of I-680 near Bernal Avenue have re-opened following a big rig crash that required about seven hours of clean-up.

A California Highway Patrol officer said the CHP received a report around 9:50 p.m. Sunday that a big rig with an attached trailer driving northbound on I-680 at Bernal jackknifed into the roadway's concrete center divider and landed on its side in the highway's southbound lanes.

Hazmat crews remained on the scene until of 6 a.m. today to investigate an undisclosed hazardous material spill associated with the crash. All northbound lanes were re-opened at 7 a.m.

At least one passing car was hit by debris from the collision Sunday night, and several concrete chunks littered the roadway, according to the CHP.

The driver suffered only minor injuries, and was not hospitalized, a CHP officer said. No other injuries were reported.

Bay City News contributed to this report.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Apr 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Hmmm .... undisclosed hazardous material??

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Posted by RussellP
a resident of Parkside
on Apr 30, 2012 at 6:11 pm

I heard it all involved a prolonged dispute with Teamster goon leaders trying to get overtime pay for the driver. The more they argued while holding up traffic on the interstate, the more overtime the driver was bound to get. Figures!

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Posted by Stacee Dragonlady
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 30, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Not that this incomplete article mentions it but the truck was traveling from Lathrop, Ca (just north of Manteca) to San Jose------YET this article along with Pleasanton Patch said it was traveling northbound from Lathrop to San Jose. Last I check that should be southbound.
Pleasanton weekly and P-town patch-you should do a little more research before reporting.

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 30, 2012 at 10:34 pm

I heard it on KCBS as Northbound, w/ traffic blocked from Bernal to Castlewood/Sunol.

I can eyewitness report that SOUTHBOUND was at a crawl to near standstill from Bernal to Sunol Blvd (viewed from pkng lot of Safeway @ Bernal).
The the 680/Sunol Blvd UNDERPASS was also cordoned off (P'ton Police assist), no vehicles allowed to pass under 680.

So KCBS picked it up wrong, also.

(C'mon folks, run with it, I know you can. Pick one: (a) its the damn liberal media, (b) it was the CHP & P'ton unions bucking for overtime, (c) this would never happened if Reagan were president,
(d) it was really a secret technology suggling plot to Columbia to bribe prostitutes, that went awry; hence the secrecy.
Go for it)

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Posted by Arroyo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 1, 2012 at 7:29 am

Dave, how dumb can you be? Everybody knows that Walmart probably caused this. And, the "Hazardous Material" was most likely a gallon of diesel.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 1, 2012 at 9:53 am

Yes, hitting a concrete barrier will cause a big rig to jack-knife. No reason to hit the middle barrier other then this driver was asleep at the wheel. How many early morning big rig accidents does it take on the Sunol portion of I680 before the CHP starts cracking down on these dangerous drivers?

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