I-680 Crash Blocks All Lanes

Getting through the city of Pleasanton proved to be a huge challenge Friday.

Friday, Nov 2, 2012  |  Updated 6:02 PM PDT
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A big rig flipped near Pleasanton in I-680 Friday, blocking all lanes for hours. The problem magnified because of a diesel spill.

A big rig flipped near Pleasanton in I-680 Friday, blocking all lanes for hours. The problem magnified because of a diesel spill.

A big-rig driver who lost control when he drifted and crashed into the Interstate Highway 680 center divide in Pleasanton late Friday morning shut down all southbound lanes and one northbound lane of the highway for hours.

The accident cleared around 5 p.m., but that was not soon enough to wreck the entire Friday night commute.

Here's what happened: a 50-year-old driver was heading northbound on Highway 680 when he drifted toward the shoulder, over-corrected and crashed into the center divide near the Stoneridge Drive off-ramp, CHP Officer Shawna Pacheco said.

The accident was reported at 11:50 a.m. When the truck hit the center divide, part of it crossed the divider and the vehicle landed on its right side, blocking all southbound lanes, Pacheco said. The driver was pulled out from the truck cab and taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley for a complaint of pain, Pacheco said.

One other car was involved in the crash but no one in that vehicle was injured, according to Pacheco. A Sig-alert was issued at 12:07 p.m. for the southbound lane closures and the one northbound lane affected. Southbound traffic is getting by on the shoulder, Pacheco said. Motorists in the area are advised to expect delays, Pacheco said.

Crews at 2:25 p.m. were also working to clean up about 40 gallons of spilled diesel fuel from the crash, Pacheco said.

Caltrans lifted its sig alert around 5:30 p.m.

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