Steady rain causes treacherous morning commute

Commuters all around the Bay Area are dealing with a wet, treacherous and slow drive this morning.
February 6, 2014 10:09:43 AM PST
Commuters all around the Bay Area are dealing with a wet, treacherous and slow drive this morning.

Speed and the wet weather appeared to be factors in causing a spin out that happened in San Francisco around 2 a.m. on southbound 101 near Paul Avenue. A Porsche traveling with its top down was involved in a solo crash after going off the road. The driver and passenger suffered minor injuries.

In Hayward, a nasty wreck overnight snarled traffic on southbound I-880. The truck missed the curve on the connector ramp between 880 and Highway 92 and went off the road. The ramp was closed for a couple hours for crews to pull the truck out of a ditch. The semi driver was not seriously hurt, but was arrested for driving under the influence. That connector ramp has since reopened. Tow truck drivers are staged in different areas so they can respond quickly if there's an accident during the storm.

In Marin County, Caltrans is expected to survey a crumbling hillside that gave way overnight. Rocks tumbled onto the lanes of southbound Highway 101 in Sausalito near Spencer Avenue. Several cars hit those rocks resulting in flat tires and bent rims.

Also in the North Bay, Redhill Towing said they're ready to respond to lots of calls for help when it is raining. They said they usually get about two to three times more calls when it is raining.

Joe Paz, the president of Redhill Towing, said he has drivers on call, in case things get bad on the roadways and his trucks are staged in different areas so they can respond quickly. Tow truck drivers face the same challenges as everyone else.

"We can't get anywhere either, especially if there's an accident, so quite frequently we call CHP and they actually escort us to the scene of the accident so we can clear the freeway, so that traffic can start moving again," said Paz.

More rain is in the forecast in the Bay Area through the weekend.


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