At 5:40 pm Wednesday, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District was dispatched to the area of Byron Highway and Camino Diablo for an overturned vehicle crash in the Town of Byron.
It was reported that a vehicle overturned and wires were down with a pole fire.
A short-time later, crews arrived on scene and reported a fully involved vehicle fire with wires down and a pole impacted. They requested a wildland fire as vegetation was catching fire–the fire was estimated at 1/2 acre.
BC5 reported a total of 8 patients with 4 people being released at scene and 4 people to be transported by AMR to local hospitals.
As of 6:07 pm, the fire was still estimated at 1/2 acre.
Alameda County Fire and CALFIRE were also responding and CHP were also on scene.
This incident is now a fatality and as of 6:10 pm, a SIGALERT was issued as Byron Highway at Camino Diablo is closed in both directions. 5 AMR units attached to the scene.
As of 6:32 pm, the vegetation fire was contained and 1 vehicle fire was extinguished with 1 vehicle fire burning itself out due to no access from power lines being down.
CHP UPDATE – Thursday
FATALITY CRASH on Byron Highway
Last night (6/15/22) at approximately 5:40pm, CHP Contra Costa responded to a two vehicle collision on Byron Highway near Camino Diablo Road.
Our preliminary investigation indicates a Chevrolet Suburban, with nine occupants, was traveling northbound on Bryon Highway and an Acura sedan, with one occupant, was traveling southbound on Byron Highway. The driver of the Acura allowed the vehicle to cross the double yellow lines and into the path of the Chevrolet causing the vehicles to collide.
Following the initial collision, both vehicles continued off of the roadway and collided with telephone poles. The driver of the Acura sustained minor injuries, eight of the occupants of the Suburban sustained moderate injuries and one passenger was pronounced deceased on scene.
The driver of the Acura was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and booked at Martinez Detention Facility. This collision is still under investigation.
If anyone witnessed this collision or the events leading up to it, call CHP in Martinez at 925-646-4980.
|6:14 PM||19|| XFER FIRE [Shared]|
|6:13 PM||18|| [Appended, 18:13:43]  SEE FLAMES AND SMOKE ON RHS|
|6:10 PM||17|| ^***ISSUE SIGALERT*** BAYRON HWY JSO CAMINO DIABLO CLOSED BOTH DIRECTIONS DUE TO TRAFFIC COLLISION UNK ETO REF LOG 1659|
|6:07 PM||16|| B19-405B REQ SIG ALERT BOTH LANES OF BYRON HWY BLOCKING IN BOTH DIRECTIONS UNK ETO|
|6:07 PM||15|| *** LINE 33 CAN’T GET ACCESS TO VEH W/POWER LINES DOWN**|
|6:07 PM||14|| [Notification] [CHP]-B19-405B REQ TRACY UNIT ANYWHERE ON BYRON HWY JSO OF THE TC WERE THEY CAN TURN PEOPLE AROUND SAFELY [Shared]|
|6:01 PM||13|| 1039 STKN COM|
|5:59 PM||12|| 1039 PGandE, WCB W/ETA|
|5:57 PM||11|| B19-405B OUT W/9 PPL AND 1 VEH / 1 PERSON MAY HAVE TAKEN OFF ON FOOT WB ACROSS RR TRACKS|
|5:53 PM||10|| B19-405B 2 VEHS / 1 PRTY IS ACCOUNTED FOR AS OF NOW|
|5:52 PM||9|| B19-405B FIRE 1097|
|5:52 PM||8|| COCO ADV THEIR OFF DUTY IS 97 DOING CHEST COMPRESSIONS AND THEY UPDATED FIRE — ADV WILL NEED TO START PGE FOR POWER LINE DOWN – COPY LINE 23|
|5:51 PM||7|| B19-405B 1 PRTY OO VEH / CPR IN PROG/ PRTY IS UNRESPONSIVE3|
|5:49 PM||6|| [Notification] [CHP]-PER ANOTHER CALLER ELECTRICAL WIRES ARE NOW IN RDWY LIVE WIRES [Shared]|
|5:42 PM||5|| 1039 COCO FIRE|
|5:42 PM||4|| BRUSH CATCHING ON FIRE ON RHS OF SB SIDE|
|5:42 PM||3|| RDWY IS NOT BLKD|
|5:42 PM||2|| [Appended, 17:42:22]  SIL ACUR SD FACING WW ON RHS|
|5:41 PM||1|| 1 MAN DOWN BLEEDING /POWER POLE ON FIRE|
My husband was there and showed me video of the fire. After an hour of sitting in his truck CHP told him he could turn around.
Hope they throw the book at the pos drunk driver. We, too, were in the line for an hour and one half. No one told us to turn around until we got to the a Tualatin site. Wish someone let us know a bit sooner. Very sad about the loss of an innocent person. Hate drunk drivers.
Another day, another act of….well, I do always say ” be kind”…but c’mon! Byron Highway is NOT that difficult. There is NO excuse
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