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BREAKING NEWS: Tanker Explosion Causes Freeway Collapse
nbc11.com ^

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.

Watch live coverage starting at 7 a.m. on NBC11

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.

WATCH LIVE VIDEO

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.

Stay with NBC11 and NBC11.com for continuing coverage of this breaking story.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: 580; 80; 880; baybridge; california; collapse; energy; gasoline
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Thank God this happened early Sunday morning. This is one of the busiest freeway interchanges in the country. Good video at link.
1 posted on 04/29/2007 6:41:01 AM PDT by WSGilcrest
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To: WSGilcrest; Admin Moderator

ugh. Where’s my coffee. A rare double post


2 posted on 04/29/2007 6:43:56 AM PDT by WSGilcrest (Mikey likes it!)
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To: WSGilcrest

That’s going to snarl traffic.


3 posted on 04/29/2007 6:44:44 AM PDT by csvset
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To: WSGilcrest; martin_fierro

Bay Area ping.


4 posted on 04/29/2007 6:45:28 AM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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To: WSGilcrest
Ain't technology great. Im in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia watching this live just 5 minutes after it happened

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

5 posted on 04/29/2007 6:47:31 AM PDT by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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To: WSGilcrest

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?


6 posted on 04/29/2007 6:49:39 AM PDT by milford421 (U.N. OUT OF U.S.)
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To: WSGilcrest
This is one of the busiest freeway interchanges in the country.

Really? It would be nice to know what part of the country this is.

7 posted on 04/29/2007 6:50:00 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: WSGilcrest

8 posted on 04/29/2007 6:51:43 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: raybbr

Oakland California


9 posted on 04/29/2007 6:52:22 AM PDT by csvset
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To: WSGilcrest

There must be some mistake. Rosie says that fire doesn’t melt steel.


10 posted on 04/29/2007 6:52:29 AM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: raybbr

Bay Bridge = San Fran/Oakland


11 posted on 04/29/2007 6:53:03 AM PDT by dirtboy (JimRob's 12th Commandment: Thou shall not trash actual pubbies on FR to pimp false pubbies)
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To: RGSpincich

Yet another coincidence. Of all the thousands of miles of highway that a tanker could explode on, it does so at a busy interchange.


12 posted on 04/29/2007 6:53:47 AM PDT by Old_Mil (Duncan Hunter in 2008! A Veteran, A Patriot, A Reagan Republican... http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: expatguy
"Im in Kuala Lumpur.."

I think you can come back now. I haven't seen your picture at the Post Office in months.

13 posted on 04/29/2007 6:53:57 AM PDT by Leisler
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To: milford421; raybbr

East end of the San Francisco/Oakland bay bridge. News saying driver hailed a cab to the hospital.


14 posted on 04/29/2007 6:54:13 AM PDT by WSGilcrest (Mikey likes it!)
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To: csvset; dirtboy

Thanks.


15 posted on 04/29/2007 6:54:13 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: WSGilcrest

Sounds like the driver was lucky.


16 posted on 04/29/2007 6:54:25 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: raybbr

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 ;-


17 posted on 04/29/2007 6:55:00 AM PDT by fremont_steve (Milpitas - a great place to be FROM!)
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To: WSGilcrest

Was any steel melted in that fire? If so, please advise Rosie “The Pig “ O’Donnell.


18 posted on 04/29/2007 6:55:09 AM PDT by csvset
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To: RGSpincich

Maybe it melts concrete.


19 posted on 04/29/2007 6:55:30 AM PDT by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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To: WSGilcrest

bookmark


20 posted on 04/29/2007 6:56:01 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet -Run, Fred, Run!)
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To: Old_Mil
Coming soon to the highways and byways of America, care of GW Bush, "Mexican" big rig truckdrivers.


21 posted on 04/29/2007 6:57:04 AM PDT by Leisler
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To: Old_Mil

Is the driver a MUSLIM???


22 posted on 04/29/2007 6:57:25 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy (Hillary '08...Her Phoniness is Genuine!!!)
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To: raybbr

I was thinking the same thing. I had to search for where it was located......for all I knew it was in ethiopia.


23 posted on 04/29/2007 6:58:08 AM PDT by Fawn (Achmed the Dead Terrorist--> http://youtube.com/watch?v=2QXQFTEBqNE)
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To: csvset

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.


24 posted on 04/29/2007 6:59:59 AM PDT by L,TOWM (Liberals, The Other White Meat [This is some nasty...])
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To: WSGilcrest
Wow.

KPIX TV Coverage

25 posted on 04/29/2007 7:00:05 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Old_Mil

Imagine the rush hour tomorrow. I lived there in the 90s. It is complete gridlock when all lanes are in use...


26 posted on 04/29/2007 7:02:51 AM PDT by Doc-Joe
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To: WSGilcrest

Driver’s name?


27 posted on 04/29/2007 7:03:36 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Kill 'em til they're dead! Then, kill 'em again!)
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To: WSGilcrest

But, but, but,.....according to Rosie, fire shouldn’t have caused the collapse of a steel reinforced structure...


28 posted on 04/29/2007 7:04:32 AM PDT by azhenfud (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: RGSpincich
Rosie says that fire doesn’t melt steel.

LOL... the stink off Rosie melts steel.

29 posted on 04/29/2007 7:04:53 AM PDT by johnny7 ("Issue in Doubt." -Col. David Monroe Shoup, USMC 1943)
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To: L,TOWM

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.


30 posted on 04/29/2007 7:05:00 AM PDT by csvset
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To: raybbr; Fawn

It says in the article California.


31 posted on 04/29/2007 7:07:13 AM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: mewzilla

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.


32 posted on 04/29/2007 7:08:07 AM PDT by Philistone (Your existence as a non-believer offends the Prophet(MPBUH).)
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To: azhenfud

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.


33 posted on 04/29/2007 7:09:51 AM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat

When I see ‘Bay Bridge’ I automatically assume San Fransico.


34 posted on 04/29/2007 7:10:10 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: raybbr

The article tells you, it is the bay area(CA)highway 80 and 580.


35 posted on 04/29/2007 7:12:28 AM PDT by calex59
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To: Philistone
A bit more info here...

Tanker Explodes; Bay Bridge Connector Collapses

...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.

36 posted on 04/29/2007 7:12:29 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Philistone

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.


37 posted on 04/29/2007 7:13:02 AM PDT by Post-Neolithic (Money only makes Communists rich Communists)
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To: calex59

I haven’t heard a driver’s name.


38 posted on 04/29/2007 7:13:18 AM PDT by racing fan (Go Team Israel!)
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To: WSGilcrest; Pete-R-Bilt; glock rocks; NormsRevenge; SierraWasp; Grampa Dave
Trumpets please...I see Sir Arnold coming over the hill on a white horse to tell us we have a blown up box bridge...
39 posted on 04/29/2007 7:13:34 AM PDT by tubebender
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To: Philistone

Am I missing something? What do you mean two overpasses? I’ve only read about one.


40 posted on 04/29/2007 7:14:30 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet -Run, Fred, Run!)
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To: Philistone

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.


41 posted on 04/29/2007 7:15:42 AM PDT by racing fan (Go Team Israel!)
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To: Republican Wildcat

They apparently don’t comprehend just how long an aircraft can burn without the added fuel of building components either.


42 posted on 04/29/2007 7:16:47 AM PDT by azhenfud (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Post-Neolithic

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.


43 posted on 04/29/2007 7:16:54 AM PDT by Philistone (Your existence as a non-believer offends the Prophet(MPBUH).)
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To: mewzilla

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.


44 posted on 04/29/2007 7:17:01 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: calex59
The article tells you, it is the bay area(CA)highway 80 and 580.

Is there only on bay in CA. I did miss the CA part.

45 posted on 04/29/2007 7:17:16 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: SE Mom

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.


46 posted on 04/29/2007 7:17:17 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: cripplecreek
There are other bays and other bay bridges but Californians don’t seem to realize that. I think of Galveston Bay and the Galveston Causeway first, but that just me.
47 posted on 04/29/2007 7:17:51 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: WSGilcrest

Monday is going to be a mess. Sounds like the driver stuck around and tried to put the fire out?


48 posted on 04/29/2007 7:18:20 AM PDT by null and void (The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.)
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To: SE Mom

One explosion, two overpasses. One southbound, one westbound where the two crossed over each other.


49 posted on 04/29/2007 7:18:33 AM PDT by Philistone (Your existence as a non-believer offends the Prophet(MPBUH).)
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To: racing fan
I haven’t heard a driver’s name.

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.

50 posted on 04/29/2007 7:18:53 AM PDT by calex59
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