A box truck slammed into the back of a transit bus on the incline of the Bay Bridge early Wednesday morning, leaving one person dead and triggering a massive traffic backup for commuters trying to head into San Francisco, according to the California Highway Patrol.
One of the passengers in the box truck died at the scene, the CHP reported. Two other people in the truck suffered major injuries. Three people out of 20 in the Golden Gate Transit bus reportedly suffered minor injuries, but they appear to be OK.
The crash, which happened around 4:30 a.m., initially blocked three westbound lanes on the bridge. All lanes reopened about five hours later.
An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.
"It sounds like the bus was going slower than the box truck," Robert Powers with the CHP said. "How much slower? I don't know."
Due to the log jam at the Bay Bridge, scores of commuters turned to BART to navigate their way into San Francisco. The transit agency said it shuttled more than 10,000 additional people through the Transbay Tube and into the city following the crash and during the duration of the backup.
Further information was not immediately available.