Skip to comments.BREAKING NEWS: Tanker Explosion Causes Freeway Collapse
Posted on 04/29/2007 6:40:56 AM PDT by WSGilcrest
Tanker truck explosion caused part of the upperdeck of the maze approaching the Bay Bridge to collapse.
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What was initially reported to the California Highway Patrol as a fire at around 3:42 a.m. Sunday quickly escalated to an explosion and roadway collapse on roadway that connects eastbound Interstate Highway 80 to eastbound Interstate Highway 580, according to a California Highway Patrol dispatcher.
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According to the dispatcher, the roadway was destroyed after a tanker caught on fire and exploded, causing the driver to suffer second degree burns.
The tanker was under the overpass.
Chopper11 showed at least two sections of the maze collapsed.
The dispatcher said there is no word on when the roadway will be open and it could be days if not months before traffic resumes as usual on this stretch of road.
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ugh. Where’s my coffee. A rare double post
That’s going to snarl traffic.
Bay Area ping.
Massive natural gas pipeline explosion in Illinois this morning too...
I’m waiting for details on the tanker explosion...under the overpass...were any other cars involved? Crash?
Really? It would be nice to know what part of the country this is.
There must be some mistake. Rosie says that fire doesn’t melt steel.
Bay Bridge = San Fran/Oakland
Yet another coincidence. Of all the thousands of miles of highway that a tanker could explode on, it does so at a busy interchange.
I think you can come back now. I haven't seen your picture at the Post Office in months.
East end of the San Francisco/Oakland bay bridge. News saying driver hailed a cab to the hospital.
Sounds like the driver was lucky.
I’m waiting for Rosie O to comment since fire can’t weaken steal to the point of collapse. OBVIOUSLY GWB was driving the truck by remote control and caused the crash!
I’m watching the news right now from the East Bay. It looks like 200 feet of a major connection around here has collapsed. It’s gonna suck tomorrow. Thank GOD for telecommuting ;-
Was any steel melted in that fire? If so, please advise Rosie “The Pig “ O’Donnell.
Maybe it melts concrete.
Is the driver a MUSLIM???
I was thinking the same thing. I had to search for where it was located......for all I knew it was in ethiopia.
No kidding. I always dreaded “The maze” whenever I had to use when I lived up there (1990-1998). They were working on getting the Loma Prieta damage fixed when I was living up there, actually took 6 or 7 years to get it fixed.
Imagine the rush hour tomorrow. I lived there in the 90s. It is complete gridlock when all lanes are in use...
But, but, but,.....according to Rosie, fire shouldn’t have caused the collapse of a steel reinforced structure...
LOL... the stink off Rosie melts steel.
Perhaps BART ridership will pickup. I grew up in the Bay Area. I moved away 30 years ago. I still have family in the area.
It says in the article California.
This is too much of a coincidence. Taken out not one but TWO overpasses in the second busiest traffic corridor in the country.
This day needs to be watched carefully.
Some idiots over at YouTube on a video claiming 9/11 was an inside job actually stated there is no way that the fire caused the continuing damage to the Towers, because the jet fuel couldn’t have lasted that long. The idiots don’t even know that the building itself can catch - and was - on fire. It’s amazing how stupid some people are - it really is.
When I see ‘Bay Bridge’ I automatically assume San Fransico.
The article tells you, it is the bay area(CA)highway 80 and 580.
...on what the tanker was carrying (unleaded gas) and which roads are closed.
At that hour of the morning, though, I figure it's more likely the driver fell asleep or had some health issue.
If this is as busy as some suggest, I would be watching the areas it services for happenings. Cutting off access to an area by destroying a major roadway gives them just the kind of opening they want.
I haven’t heard a driver’s name.
Am I missing something? What do you mean two overpasses? I’ve only read about one.
It is going to be hell on the commute tomorrow and for a time afterward. It will take Caltrans ages to fix this mess. The still haven’t finished the eastern span of the Bay Bridge and it has been almost 18 years.
They apparently don’t comprehend just how long an aircraft can burn without the added fuel of building components either.
It is one of the busiest freeway interchanges in the United States, and it took out two overpasses, one southboand (toward Oakland and the bedroom communities of the East Bay, and one Westbound (toward San Francisco). There were maybe two other places where an explosion could have brought down two. And, of course, a hundred square miles in the area where it wouldn’t have brought down any.
4 in the morning on a deserted highway just doesn’t make for much of a terrorist attack. If it were 4AM in a densely packed residential area, maybe.
Is there only on bay in CA. I did miss the CA part.
KPIX live and reporting that the tanker driver lost contol of the tanker truck. The driver escaped and walked to a nearby gas station where he called a cab and was taken to the hospital. Driver in the hospital in critical condition with moderate burns.
Monday is going to be a mess. Sounds like the driver stuck around and tried to put the fire out?
One explosion, two overpasses. One southbound, one westbound where the two crossed over each other.
Nope, I haven’t either and I guess I am paranoid but the first thing I think of when an explosion of this magnitude happens is who caused it and why. Seems a mighty big coincidence to me and the driver hails a cab to the hospital, that is itself seems strange.
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