Northbound lanes of I-880 reopen in Oakland after crash; woman arrested

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- The northbound lanes of I-880 were reopened just before 11 a.m. after a Hayward woman crashed into support beams, according to the CHP. The driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Thousands of drivers on I-880 Northbound in Oakland got stuck, suffering the consequences of unbelievable traffic mess. The CHP says the driver of a Ford Expedition was going about 100 miles per hour when she crashed.

"The driver, a 28-year-old woman from Hayward drove her Ford Expedition up on a freeway K-rail colliding with the support beams, supporting steel girders under an overpass," said CHP Officer Matthew Hamer.

The impact of the crash caused three 80-foot long steel girders, weighing tons to crash down onto northbound lanes. Remarkably, the SUV came only feet from being crushed, the driver was not seriously hurt but now faces serious charges.

"She has since been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol," said Hamer.

The steel girders were temporary, part of the new 23rd Ave. overpass project.

Caltrans says the new bridge was inspected and is safe. The crash did not damage the bridge's structural integrity.

"Those beams were support beams so they're not part of the main structure," said Caltrans spokesperson Vince Jacala.

All lanes of Northbound 880 were shut down for hours so Caltrans could remove the girders. Traffic was detoured off at 23rd Ave. The traffic backup stretched for miles, quickly becoming the stuff nightmares are made of.

"I've got to get to San Francisco, and got to be there at 10:30 a.m., I can't make it," said driver Manny Guzman.

"I've been sitting in traffic for two hours now, almost two hours," said driver Aaron Posey from Oakland.

"I made a quick stop at Walmart, I would've taken side streets if I had known this, It's crazy bro," said Posey.

All lanes of I-880 northbound re-opened about 11 a.m.

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