Rain triggers accidents on Bay Area roads

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ByAmy Hollyfield KGO logo
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
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The sorely needed rain contributed to many accidents the roads on Tuesday.

The biggest storm in nearly two months is hitting the Bay Area. The system has triggered wind advisories, power outages and several accidents.

Here's another reminder of why you need to slow down on the roads during the rain. The driver of a big rig was going about 50 miles per hour on Northbound 680 in Fremont when he jackknifed and blocked lanes just north of Mission Boulevard for three hours.

"It was the wet weather that really was the factor. First rain in awhile, that oil comes up on the roadway and makes it really slick. When the roadway is slick you really need to slow down and he was going a little too fast and lost control," said CHP spokesperson Officer Derek Reed.

The driver was ok and no other cars were involved. He was not the only one who struggled in these wet conditions.

"It's been a really busy morning first rain in awhile like I said. The slick roadway, we've had over 100 active incidents at one time this morning throughout the Golden Gate division, which is 13 offices," said CHP Officer Reed.

Some drivers tell us as soon as they see rain, they feel dread as they climb into their cars.

"I hate having to just sit in traffic. Everybody just needs to slow down a little bit," said Oakland resident Rick Russelle.

Some commuters altered their day because of the rain.

"I actually delayed my trip because of the rain and the traffic and everything, so this is a later start for me," said Richmond resident Stan Wong.

"I avoided that area. I saw it in the morning said I'm not going that way. No more!" said Livermore resident Antonio Montuy.

Commuters say they do appreciate the rain. They just wish it would have better timing.

"It's about time. We needed it so it's a good thing," said Russelle.

It was very windy earlier Tuesday. Wind advisories were in effect during the morning for the Bay Bridge, the San Mateo Bridge, the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and the Dumbarton Bridge.

Showers may linger into Wednesday.

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Bay City News contributed to this report