A big rig collided with a tree on Highway 238 when it jackknifed on the connector to Interstate 580, causing traffic to come to a halt. By around 12:30pm, lanes that were closed due to the collision reopened. Traffic was still backed up, and drivers were warned to avoid driving through the area. The 50-year-old trucker from Central Valley was killed in the collision, as the Alameda County coroner announced. The collision, which happened around 9:20pm, caused officials to begin investigating the circumstances surrounding the tragic crash. “All we know at this point is that the big rig went off the road and into a tree,” said CHP spokesman Officer Rachaude Crawford. “We don’t know if it was operator error or weather-related. We’re still determining what happened.”
According to news reports, the collision only involved one vehicle, however another tractor-trailer broke down while stuck in the traffic caused by the first crash. Crews were able to remove both trucks from the road by 1pm. Any witnesses are asked to call California Highway Patrol. As a San Francisco personal injury lawyer, my thoughts are with those involved in this crash. If you or a loved one are harmed in an auto accident caused by recklessness, discuss your case with a car accident lawyer who can evaluate your case, assess your claim, and help evaluate a claim.