Big-rig slams San Leandro overpass

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image kgo"><span>KGO</span></div><span class="caption-text">This big-rig crashed into the Marina Boulevard overpass Wednesday afternoon.</span></div>
January 9, 2008 5:21:38 PM PST
Traffic on southbound Interstate Highway 880 at Marina Boulevard in San Leandro was backed up at least 2 miles as of 2:30 p.m. today because lanes were closed after the top of a big rig hit an overpass, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The Nos. 3 and 4 lanes were closed at about noon, shortly after the big rig hit the Marina Boulevard overpass, the CHP reported.

The southbound Interstate 880 off-ramp to Marina Boulevard and the No. 2 lane of the overpass have also been closed, California Department of Transportation spokesman Mike Lopez said.

A Caltrans team of senior engineers is en route to the scene to determine if the overpass was damaged in the accident, Lopez said.

A Sig-alert was issued at about 12:10 p.m., and big rigs have been authorized to use Interstate Highway 880 during the closure.

Lanes are scheduled to reopen at about 4 p.m., Lopez said, but the closure might be extended if the damage is extensive.

LINK: Traffic updates on the I-880 commute