Fatal crash cleared from I-880 lanes in Oakland

Bay City News
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Fatal accident on I-880 in Oakland, Wednesday, July 29, 2015.
Fatal accident on I-880 in Oakland, Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- All lanes have reopened on southbound Interstate Highway 880 after a four-car crash left one person dead this morning, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

The crash was reported at about 4:50 a.m. on southbound Highway 880 near High Street. Officers responded and found four vehicles at the scene, two of which were engulfed in flames, CHP Officer Sean Wilkenfeld said.

Investigators determined the crash started when a 2001 Hyundai Sonata driven by a 47-year-old Oakland man stalled in the No. 2 lane of the highway. The female driver of a 2000 Honda Civic used her emergency brake to

try to avoid the stalled Hyundai and came to rest sideways in the far left lane, Wilkenfeld said.

A 52-year-old San Francisco man driving a 2010 Subaru Forester then struck the Honda, which was also hit by a 2005 GMC 1500 driven by a 42-year-old Vacaville man, according to Wilkenfeld.

The driver of the Honda was killed in the crash. Her name is not yet being released by the Alameda County coroner's bureau.

The driver of the Subaru was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. His car and the Hyundai were the vehicles on fire when officers arrived, Wilkenfeld said.

The crash shut down multiple lanes of the highway for more than two hours. All lanes reopened as of shortly before 7:30 a.m., according to the CHP.

All of the drivers cooperated with the investigation into the crash and no arrests were made, Wilkenfeld said.