Two people suffered life-threatening injuries when a car hit them as they tried to run across Interstate Highway 680 in Walnut Creek Tuesday morning after a fender-bender, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The man and woman were driving south in a silver Honda Accord on Highway 680 near Ygnacio Valley Road when they rear-ended another car at about 8:15 a.m., CHP Officer Brandon Correia said.
No injuries were reported and both cars pulled into the center median, ostensibly to exchange insurance and contact information.
However, as soon as one of the people in the rear-ended car started to call 911, both of the people from the Accord jumped the center divider and tried to run across the northbound lanes, Correia said.
They only got past the fast lane before someone driving a maroon Hyundai Sonata hit them, knocking both of them across two lanes of traffic, all the way to the right-hand shoulder, according to Correia.
They were taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek with major injuries.
The incident resulted in the closure of the far right northbound lane of Highway 680 near the Ygnacio Valley Road off-ramp and caused traffic delays in both directions for about an hour, Correia said.
"This is what you call a preventable collision," Correia said.
Two pedestrians were struck on Interstate Highway 680 in Walnut Creek while trying to cross the highway after a crash this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The initial crash was reported shortly before 8:15 a.m. on southbound Highway 680 near Ygnacio Valley Road.
Two pedestrians tried to cross southbound and northbound lanes of the highway but were hit by a car on the northbound side and suffered major injuries, according to the CHP.
The incident is causing traffic delays on both sides of the highway. No other information about the case was immediately available.