Multi-vehicle Vallejo crash at bridge...

Multi-vehicle Vallejo crash at bridge toll plaza causes minor injuries

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Vallejo, CA

#1 Dec 13, 2012
Multi-vehicle Vallejo crash at bridge toll plaza causes minor injuries
Police suspect medical condition caused pileup

A big rig truck struck multiple vehicles Wednesday at the Carquinez Bridge toll plaza, potentially spilling gallons of diesel fuel into the storm drain.

The accident began just before 9 a.m. when the driver of the big rig, which was heading eastbound on Interstate 80 on the far right lane, started to feel pain in his chest, California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Parker said.

The big rig was traveling at about 45 to 50 mph just before the toll plaza before the driver blacked out, Parker said.

The uncontrolled big rig then struck a Dodge Dakota, which in turn hit a GMC Yukon, Parker said.

The driver of the Dakota was uninjured, while the driver of the Yukon complained of pain to his neck and back, Parker said.

The Dakota came to rest on the divider between two lanes, while the Yukon continued through the toll plaza and came to rest on the other side, Parker said.

The big rig continued moving left, hitting another big rig in the process. The driver of the second big rig was uninjured, Parker said.

The original truck continued moving past the second big rig and crossed multiple lanes, eventually running into sand barrels and a small building in the toll plaza's east parking lot, Parker said.

The big rig finally came to rest on the sound walls separating westbound I-80 from the eastbound lanes.

As a result of the crash, about 30 gallons of diesel oil spilled from the original big rig, with an undetermined amount entering the storm drain, Parker said.

The Department of Fish and Game was notified, and Caltrans called out Filter Recycling from Benicia for the hazmat cleanup, Parker said.

The condition of the big rig driver remains unclear.

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