I-680 Lanes Re-open After 70-Year-Old Man Dies in Walnut Creek Motorcycle Crash

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Photo by Jeremy Collins

The California Highway Patrol have re-opened lanes on Interstate 680 in Walnut Creek after a fatal crash involving a motorcyclist who was thrown from one side of the highway to another.

The crash was reported off North Main Street off-ramp at 12:41 pm according to radio traffic that ejected the motorcyclist to the other side of the freeway and had to be extricated from a vehicle not involved in the initial crash.

Shortly after being taken to the hospital, CHP said the accident became a fatality.

According to the CHP Log, a SIGALERT was issued at 12:41 pm in both directions. By 1:47 pm,  Lanes 1-6 were blocked in the southbound direction while lanes 1-4 were blocked in the northbound direction.

By 2:22 pm, additional lanes were re-opened. By 3:04 pm, CHP re-opened all lanes.

Official CHP Release:

Early this afternoon, at 12:40 pm, we received a call of a traffic collision involving a motorcyclist and a sedan on I-680 northbound, south of North Main Street in Walnut Creek. The sedan made a turning movement to the left, struck the concrete center divider, and spun around back into traffic. A motorcyclist was unable to avoid colliding with the sedan as it veered towards him.

 

The rider, a 70-year-old Martinez man, was subsequently ejected from the motorcycle and into the southbound lanes of traffic as a result of this collision. A third vehicle collided with the sedan as it careened out-of-control.

 

Emergency personnel promptly arrived on scene and rendered medical aid to the motorcyclist. He was subsequently transported to a local hospital, where regrettably he died of his injuries.

 

At this time it is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor in this collision and no arrests have been made. If anyone observed this incident or has any information regarding the events leading up to this collision, we ask that they please contact us at 925-646-4980.

 

Claycord contributed to this report.

Here is the CHP Log:

Detail Information
3:04 PM44[96] 19-S1 SB LNS OPEN
3:04 PM43[95] 1039 DOTCC ALL LANES OPEN
3:04 PM42[94] ^***CANCEL SIGALERT*** ALL LANES OPEN
2:59 PM41[93] ^***UPDATE SIGALERT*** #1-2 SB LANES REMAIN CLOSED, ALL OTHERS OPEN
2:56 PM40[91] 1039 DOTCC
2:55 PM39[90] 19-S1 SB #1/2 CLOSED // ALL OTHER LNS OPEN
2:48 PM38[89] ^***UPDATE SIGALERT*** NB SIDE FULLY OPEN, SB #1-3 LANES REMAIN BLOCKED
2:47 PM37[88] 19-S1 #4 LN OPEN SB SIDE
2:44 PM36[87] 19-S1 ALL NB LANES OPEN AND SB HAS #1,2,3,4 BLOCKED
2:43 PM35[86] 1039 DOTCC NB LANES OPEN
2:32 PM34[84] [Notification] [CHP]-PER 19-682 REQ ETA FRM CORONER WILL GO LL [Shared]
2:24 PM33[83] Secondary Location for A19-001X: AMERICAN TOW YARD W/THE VEH.
2:22 PM32[82] ^***UPDATE SIGALERT*** SB #1-4 BLOCKED, NB #1-4 BLOCKED
2:17 PM31[81] SB 680 5-6-7 LANES OPEN ***************************
1:48 PM30[79] 1039 DOT-CC
1:47 PM29[78] ^***UPDATE SIGALERT*** #1-6 LANES BLOCKED SB, #1-4 LANES BLOCKED NB
1:46 PM28[77] 1039 CORONER TO JMWC
1:37 PM27[71] [Notification] [CHP]-PER ANOTHER CALLER: VEHS ARE STARTING TO BACK UP ON THE RHS SB JSO MONUMENT [Shared]
1:32 PM26[70] 1039 DOTCC
1:14 PM25[62] [Notification] [CHP]-AMERICAN TOW LL//DRVR STUCK IN TRAFFIC//REQ PERMISSION TO USE RHS [Shared]
1:03 PM24[60] 1039 ABC TOW TO RESP TO SB SIDE FOR MC
1:02 PM23[58] 1039 AMERICAN TOW TO NB SIDE ON EVIDENCE FOR LEXUS
1:01 PM22[57] HAVE AMERICAN TOW GO TO NB SIDE FOR THE LEXUS ON EVIDENCE TOW
1:01 PM21[56] ^***ISSUE SIGALERT*** LEFT LANES BLOCKED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS OF I680 AT N. MAIN DUE TO COLLISION, UNK ETO
12:58 PM20[54] [Rotation Request Comment] 1039 AMERICAN TOW TO SB SIDE
12:56 PM19[52] [Rotation Request Comment] 1039 ABC TOW WITH A FB TO NB SIDE
12:53 PM18[49] 1039 DOTCC
12:52 PM17[48] 3/4 LANE BLKD NB SIDE REQ 2 1185R AND FIRE AND 1141 97 ON SB SIDE WORKING ON SUBJ #1/2 LNS BLKD REQ 1185R TO SB SIDE
12:51 PM16[47] A19-683A REQ SIG ALERT FOR BOTH DIRECTIONS
12:48 PM15[45] TRAFFIC IS STOPPED
12:46 PM14[39] 1039 1141 LINE 27
12:46 PM13[31] 683A BRINGING IN A BREAK
12:43 PM12[21] MC WAS DRIVING NB 680 , CRASHED and FLEW OVER CD INTO SB LNS
12:43 PM11[35] [Appended, 12:46:19] [4] 1039 CO CO FIRE
12:43 PM10[18] WIT 97 IN WHI FORD EXPLORER / CAN’T LEAVE AS OTHER VEHS BLKG LNS
12:42 PM9[33] [Appended, 12:46:19] [2] 1039 1141
12:42 PM8[32] [Appended, 12:46:19] [1] DRK COLORED ACURA IN #2 LANE HIT CD // POSS PARTY EJECTED INTO SB LANE
12:41 PM7[9] [Appended, 12:42:14] [4] CORR – NB SIDE BLKG #1,2,3
12:41 PM6[12] [Appended, 12:42:16] [2] MC VS BLK SD
12:41 PM5[5] PER ANOTHER ALSO A BLK 2D IS INV // MC FRNT END IS STUCK IN THE 2D BUT BACK HALF IS ON OTHER SIDE OF FRWY
12:41 PM4[8] [Appended, 12:42:14] [3] 2-3 VEHS ON THE NB SIDE – BLKG #1
12:41 PM3[4] 1039 1141
12:41 PM2[6] [Appended, 12:42:14] [1] BLKG #1 AND 2
12:41 PM1[2] RIDER LAYING LN 2

 


3 COMMENTS

  1. Thought and heart felt prayers to the riders friends and family. Sad day. God speed my friend.

  2. Sad day no mater what. A man lost his life. God speed my friend. My heartfelt prayers and thoughts go out to his friends and family. Slow down people, hang up the phone, wait to read or send that text…Please ? the life you save may be yours.

  3. Sad day. My Heath felt thoughts and prayers go out to all involved. Please, slow down, hang up the phone, texts can wait. We went 100 years without having to send a text while driving. It’s not worth a life.
    Be safe. There are people we will miss you if your gone. Don’t die because your in a hurry or missed a call. It can all wait.

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