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2 killed, several injured in multiple accidents, bus fire over weekend

Monday morning crash snarls traffic in southbound I-680 during rush hour

Traffic accidents snarled traffic and resulted in two fatalities and several injuries on Bay Area roads today and over the weekend.

About nine vehicles were involved in a collision on southbound I-680 in Danville this morning, with traffic backed up for several miles as of 7 a.m.

The California Highway Patrol reported that the collision just south of State Hwy. 24 occurred at 5:52 a.m. The freeway was fully re-opened about 8 a.m. with traffic congestion slowly easing.

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A 36-year-old San Ramon man was killed when his motorcycle crashed into a tree off I- 680 in Alamo Sunday afternoon. Officer Ron Simmons of the California Highway Patrol said the CHP responded to the crash off northbound I-680 at Stone Valley Road around 1:30 p.m.

The man, whose name has not been released, was driving a 2003 Yamaha RS motorcycle that went off the roadway and crashed into a tree. At one point, the northbound on- and off-ramps at Stone Valley Road were closed. No other vehicles were involved in the crash, according to the CHP.

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A sheriff's deputy helped evacuate 30 students and several adults after the bus they were riding in caught on fire on I-680 in Walnut Creek Saturday evening.

Deputy Sheriff Anthony Coniglio was driving south on I-680 near South Main Street around 8:30 p.m. when he saw a 45-foot bus pull to the side of the road. A large amount of smoke was billowing from the rear of the bus.

The deputy reportedly saw students on the bus and pulled over to assist them. As the bus driver was trying to extinguish the growing blaze, Coniglio helped evacuate the 30 students and three adults on board, sheriff's officials said.

After everyone was off the bus, sheriff's officials said the deputy went back onto the bus to make sure everyone made it off safely.

Sheriff's officials said the bus driver and six students were transported to local hospitals with injuries related to smoke inhalation.

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A 52-year-old man was killed in one of two related pile-up collisions near the Altamont Pass on I-580 near Livermore Saturday afternoon that left six others injured. He was identified as Stockton resident Hayward Albright.

The California Highway Patrol reported that around 4 p.m. Saturday, a blue 2006 Ford F350 pickup truck was traveling on the far left lane on eastbound I-580 east of North Flynn Road at speeds of between 55 and 65 mph. Traffic ahead of the pickup truck was getting heavy and coming to a stop. The driver was unable to stop the vehicle and collided with a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck.

The impact of the collision caused the Dodge Ram to crash into a 2015 Honda Pilot that was stopped on the roadway, CHP officials said, with the crash causing a chain reaction that involved two minivans.

Albright, the driver of the Dodge Ram, received CPR from an officer but was pronounced dead at the scene, CHP officials said.

The driver of a red minivan traveling behind the Dodge Ram turned left when the Dodge collided with the Ford, CHP officials said. The red minivan ended up colliding with the left rear of the Ford.

A second pile-up collision occurred soon after in which multiple vehicles turned right to avoid the initial collision. Three collisions occurred in the second pile-up incident and were moved to the right shoulder.

The two left lanes were closed until about 8:30 p.m.

A 46-year-old Stockton woman who was a passenger in the Dodge Ram suffered a major head concussion and was airlifted to Eden Medical Center where she was in stable condition, according to the CHP.

A 73-year-old Stockton man who was a passenger in the Honda Pilot was transported to San Joaquin General Hospital for a broken pelvis and lacerations to his face.

Four other people, two who were passengers in the Honda Pilot, suffered either minor injuries or complained of pain, according to the CHP.

Erin Baldassari/JameyPadojino, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service

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