Police: Cellphone distraction leads to Dublin Boulevard rollover crash

Only minor injuries after car smashes into roadside tree during morning commute

A driver escaped with just minor injuries after his car rolled and struck a tree along Dublin Boulevard early Monday morning, according to Dublin police.

The incident unfolded around 6:45 a.m. Monday when the driver of Hyundai Accent traveling westbound on Dublin Boulevard lost control as he approached a bend near the Dougherty Road intersection, according to Dublin Police Services Capt. Nate Schmidt.

The initial investigation indicates the driver took his eyes off the road to glance at his cellphone, according to Schmidt.

The Accent rolled and smashed sideways against a tree, leaving the driver trapped until emergency personnel extricated him through a broken back window, Schmidt said. The driver was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley and treated for minor injuries.

No other vehicles were involved, and the driver was the only occupant of the car.

The crash serves as an example why drivers need to stay focused when behind the wheel, according to Schmidt. "Fortunately the driver will be alright and no one else was injured. Good reminder of the importance to drive safe, stay alert, stay off your devices and don't get distracted!" officials posted on the Dublin police Twitter account, along with a photo of the heavily damaged Hyundai.

The crash and cleanup caused delays in the area for about an hour during the morning commute Monday, Schmidt said.

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