Big-rig falls off I-880 in San Jose

March 3, 2009 11:07:45 AM PST
A big-rig ran off Interstate Highway 880 near the U.S. Highway 101 interchange in San Jose around 5 a.m. today, backing up traffic for hours during the morning commute, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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The driver of the big-rig told the CHP he thought another car was trying to switch into his lane on northbound I-880, which prompted him to veer to the side, CHP Officer Brandie Dressel said.

The big-rig left the roadway, struck a tree and went down a steep embankment.

Three tow trucks worked to pull the truck out of the embankment, and around 7:45 a.m., the CHP shut down all lanes of Highway 880 for about 45 minutes. All lanes reopened at about 9 a.m., according to the CHP.

Dressel said the awkward position of the truck and the fact that it was raining slowed efforts to remove the big-rig.

No injuries were reported.

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