Concord: Fatal Crash Shuts Down Kirker Pass Road

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At 7:14 pm Tuesday, Contra Costa Fire Protection District firefighters responded to a report of a vehicle crash on Kirker Pass Road in Concord.

While responding, an off-duty nurse pulled up to the scene and reported the vehicle was on top of the victim. The response was upgraded to a rescue.

Upon arrival, CONFIRE reported the crash was a fatality and shutdown traffic in the southbound direction on the Pittsburg side of the hill.

Update
The roadway was clear by 9:45 pm Tuesday.

Detail Information
8:06 PM 37 [91] ^**UPDATE SIGALERT** 90 MIN ETO
7:59 PM 36 [87] OIC LL – ETO 9 MINS FOR NB LANES TO OPEN, SB LANES ARE OPEN NOW
7:55 PM 35 [86] ^**UPDATE SIGALERT** SB DIRECTION IS OPEN. NB REMAINS CLOSED AT MYRTLE.
7:55 PM 34 [85] B19-403B TKN VEH AS ROTATION NEG EVIDENCE
7:54 PM 33 [84] 19-OIC – SB KIRKER PASS IS OPEN / NB SHUTDOWN AT MYRTLE BY CONCORD PD / WILL ADV ETO
7:48 PM 32 [82] AFFIRM LN 79 – AND I CALLED THEM LN 80
7:48 PM 31 [81] [Notification] [CHP]-PITS PD LL INQ IF THEY CAN OPEN SB LANE? [Shared]
7:45 PM 30 [80] 1039 PITS
7:45 PM 29 [79] 19-403C SB TRFC IS OPEN / OIC WAS SHUTTING IT DOWN LET EM KNOW
7:44 PM 28 [78] [Notification] [CHP]-OLIVERS ROLLING AS EVIDENCE TOW // SENDING FLTBD THAT CAN TURN VEH OVER WITHOUT A/ WRECKER [Shared]
7:43 PM 27 [77] [Rotation Request Comment] 1039 OLIVERS TOWING // SD 412 // 800.696.9609
7:40 PM 26 [76] ^**UPDATE SIGALERT** KIRKER PASS IS CLOSED BETWEEN CONCORD AND PITTSBURG CITY LIMITS DUE TO COLLISION. USE ALT ROUTE. NO ETO.
7:40 PM 25 [75] 1039 JESS HERNANDEZ TOW TO 1022 / BOT
7:37 PM 24 [71] 19-OIC REQ SIG ALERT FRM PITTSBURG TO CONCORD CITY LIMITS ON IRKER PASS
7:36 PM 23 [69] ^**ISSUE SIGALERT** KIRKER PASS IS CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS. USE ALT ROUTE. NO ETO
7:36 PM 22 [68] 404B MAKE IT EVIDENCE TOW
7:35 PM 21 [67] TMC LL – INQ WHERE SIG ALERT IS NEEDED // KIRKER PASS BETWEEN WHICH 2 STREETS?
7:34 PM 20 [65] [Rotation Request Comment] **** 1039 JESS HERNANDEZ TOW 925-432-3000 **** SD 223 // WITH A WRECKER
7:32 PM 19 [62] [Rotation Request Comment] ALL COUNTIES TOW DOESNT HAVE A WRECKER
7:31 PM 18 [55] [Rotation Request Comment] BR TOW DOESNT HAVE A WRECKER
7:30 PM 17 [52] 1039 PITTS PD * COPIES REQ FOR 1184
7:28 PM 16 [46] 1039 CONCORD PD – COPIES REQ FOR 1184
7:26 PM 15 [42] OIC REQ SIG ALERT
7:24 PM 14 [38] 1039 1141 * THEY ARE 97
7:23 PM 13 [36] 403B 1097
7:23 PM 12 [35] 19-404B 1097 NB KIRKER JNO HESS
7:22 PM 11 [32] 19-3X 1097 #1 BLOCKED
7:22 PM 10 [30] [Rotation Request Comment] 1039 FERNANDES M TOW W/ WRECKER // SD 226 // 925.458.4427
7:17 PM 9 [19] SCGG, 1185 WRECKER LINES 11 and 17-18 * CHP STILL ENRT
7:16 PM 8 [18] *CORR* FOR VEH ON ROOF POSS A WRECKER
7:16 PM 7 [17] 404B START 1185 FOR 22651B
7:15 PM 6 [13] [Notification] [CHP]-Problem changed from 1183-Trfc Collision-Unkn Inj to 1179-Trfc Collision-1141 Enrt by CHP [Shared]
7:15 PM 5 [12] WB SIDE 2 VEHS PULLED OVER / RP NOT SURE HOW MANY VEHS TOTAL
7:14 PM 4 [8] [Appended, 19:14:42] [2] UNK ON INJURIES // NUMEROUS VEHS PULLED OVER
7:14 PM 3 [6] 1039 1141
7:13 PM 2 [5] SINGLE VEH INV / UNK VEH
7:13 PM 1 [7] [Appended, 19:14:42] [1] SIL VEH OT’D ON ITS ROOF

 

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9 COMMENTS

  1. I hate Kirker Pass! It is a real death trap! The downhill portion on either side is way too steep. I’ve seen people panic as they attempt to drive there. It’s a nerve-wrecking white knuckle ride! While driving downhill (both ways) most just ride their brakes instead of putting the vehicle in second gear which slows the vehicle down. Whoever designed that road must have been a traffic engineering student who got barely passing grades … C- at best! The apex of that road must be shaved down or we will continue losing people there. The road has no street lights and if your headlights fail or car stalls, you are finished. Drives coming up behind you at night would not see you.

  2. 🙏☝⛪…prayers to the families that are involved… Prepare for a hole lot more with the new law that allows bars to seve alcohol untill 4am

    • The guy that runs Claycord.com comes across as very arrogant. Don’t let arrogant men get to you. That’s on them. Arrogant people are hard to like, but they’re still people too.

  3. I have driven Kirker pass for over 40 years and have never even come close to losing control of my vehicle I’ve towed boats trucks with trailers high performance cars motorcycles passenger cars and suv’s, it’s not the road people it’s the drivers who don’t have the sense to drive at a safe speed. North bound drivers come over the top and just get going 70 or 80 mpph and then can’t maintain control through the s turns, it’s real simple pay attention and slow down period.

  4. I have driven Kirker pass for over 40 years and have never even come close to losing control of my vehicle I’ve towed boats trucks with trailers high performance cars motorcycles passenger cars and suv’s, it’s not the road people it’s the drivers who don’t have the sense to drive at a safe speed. North bound drivers come over the top and just get going 70 or 80 mpph and then can’t maintain control through the s turns, it’s real simple pay attention and slow down period.

  5. I’ve driven Kirker Pass since 1976, and I agree – it’s the driver. If you feel a road isn’t “safe” – don’t drive it.

    • I avoid Kirker Pass like the plague, but sometimes I have to take it because there’s a major freeway tieup (I-4). However, I stay in the right hand lane and keep my fingers crossed that there is no large fully-loaded truck inching it’s way to the apex! I’ve seen many “minor” collisions there mostly between 4-5 pm most of which appear to have occurred because of speed. For some reason, a lot of this happens near Hess Road.

  6. Kirker Pass was not made for the amount of traffic it is currently handling. I think the speed limit should be 45 mph going down that hill to Pittsburg at the very least. I hate having drivers on my arse down that hill. I try to make sure everyone passes me going up and then you have those stupid construction trucks doing 15 mph. They shouldn’t be allowed on Kirker Pass PERIOD! Or any other large trucks for that matter!!!!!

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