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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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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 Road Warrior 04 (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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