1 dead, 3 injured in single car crash on I-580 in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. -- One person died early this morning on Interstate Highway 580 in Oakland, after a vehicle they were in went off the roadway and into an embankment.

Shortly before 12:30 a.m., dispatchers received multiple calls reporting a crash on westbound Highway 580 at 98th Avenue, according to California Highway Patrol officials.

When officers arrived at the scene, they located a 1997 Toyota Corolla in an embankment, which separates the highway's westbound lanes and the Golf Links Road on-ramp to the highway, according to CHP officials.

Officers found two people trapped in the front driver and passenger seats of the involved vehicle.

Officers then found two more people, who had been ejected from the vehicle, lying in the roadway and left shoulder of the Golf Links Road on-ramp to the highway, CHP officials said.

Officers determined the driver had been driving in the highway's westbound lanes, just east of 98th Avenue and Golf Links Road, at speeds between 75 and 85 mph, according to CHP officials.

For an unknown reason, the driver lost control of the vehicle, which went off the roadway, struck a concrete curb and traveled into a dirt area, CHP officials said.

The vehicle then went airborne and struck two trees, causing two passengers to be ejected. The vehicle came to a stop on its wheels, facing southeast, inside the dirt embankment, according to CHP officials.

Firefighters had to extricate the driver, a 21 year-old Oakland man. He was taken to a hospital for major injuries, CHP officials said.

The front passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The identity of the victim has not yet been released, pending notification of next of kin, according to the CHP.

The two rear passengers, who were ejected from the vehicle, were taken to a hospital. One was a 29-year-old Oakland woman who suffered major injuries and the other was a 23-year-old Oakland man with moderate injuries, CHP officials said.

The scene was cleared shortly before 4 a.m., CHP officials said.

Officers determined the driver was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash, according to CHP officials.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call the CHP Oakland area office at (510) 450-3821 or non-emergency number at (800) 835-5247.
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