Update: Second Accident on I-580 Makes Freeway a Mess in Both Directions

Two big-rig collisions within hours of one another make I-580 traffic crawl.

UPDATE: 6:50 a.m. A second big-rig has overturned on I-580 this morning, this time in the eastbound direction near the Altamont in Livermore, according to news reports.

A report on KTVU says a double tractor trailer overturned after the driver said he began fishtailing in heavy rain. The crash is blocking three lanes.

From Bay City News as of 6 a.m.:

All lanes have reopened on westbound Interstate Highway 580 in Pleasanton after a big rig overturned earlier this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The collision, located near the connector ramp with northbound Interstate Highway 680, was reported at 1:51 a.m. and blocked traffic until about 6 a.m., according to the CHP.

According to the CHP, the big rig spilled oil and diesel fuel onto the pavement during the collision.

A Sigalert had been issued for the area.

Patch will update this story as we get more information.

RedDogLead November 30, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Dumb---Dumb Drivers---going way to fast for the weather and road conditions---these incidents are not "accidents", so much as acts of blatant stupidity.........
Janice P Ellis November 30, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Your post is appreciated, Annie01. In clear, dry weather, I'm one of those drivers who waste no time getting from point A to point B. But, all bets are off when driving in weather like we've had during the last 24 hours. It is so vitally important to reduce your speed when driving in hazardous weather conditions. This morning, I drove from San Ramon to Walnut Creek during heavy rain. While most drivers like myself were driving in the 60 mph range, about 10% of drivers were doing 75 mph+, and a few were driving 85 mph+. At the 580 eastbound ramp from 680, I came upon an area of the freeway that was heavily flooded and my truck started to hydroplane. If my speed hadn't already been reduced at the time, I could have easily lost control of my vehicle - and a big rig was directly to my left at the time. I don't know if it's ignorance, or ego or just plain stupidity that makes some drivers drive WAY too fast in heavy rain, but, mindfully reducing your speed during weather like we're having can literally be a life or death choice.
Chris November 30, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Tailgating big rigs + cutters + scary rain + people who don't read english and therefore don't know what the traffic signs say = ACCIDENTS
Jean Josey December 01, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Why is there still a "breaking news" banner about this on the main news page 12 hours after the fact, leading readers to believe the highways is still blocked for the evening commute?
Steve December 03, 2012 at 04:06 PM
time to take this article off the site


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