Update: 70-Year-Old Woman Dies After Being Struck by Semi-Truck in Brentwood

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Photo by Art Ray

At 12:03 pm Thursday, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District responded to a report of a a vehicle crash at Balfour Road and SR-4 at the Bypass in the City of Brentwood.

It was reported that a green semi-truck collided with a red Mercedes on Balfour and dragged the vehicle onto the on-ramp.

Photo by Art Ray

The female in the vehicle was trapped and required vehicle extrication. She was ultimately airlifted to a local hospital with major injuries.

According to CHP, the eastbound on-ramp was blocked.

Brentwood Police are investigating the crash and are asking for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact them at(925) 809-7911.

UPDATE
Brentwood Police reported just after 4:00 pm that today’s crash is now a fatality and the roadway has now been re-opened after a 4-hour investigation.

The 70-year-old female driver was pronounced deceased at the hospital as a result of her injuries. The 59-year-old driver of the semi-truck did not appear under the influence of alcohol or drugs and stayed at the scene while cooperating with police in their investigation.

 

CHP Log:

Detail Information
12:57 PM11[24] #1 OF EB OFR BLOCKED NOW
12:45 PM10[19] BALFOUR ONR SHUT DOWN
12:17 PM9[17] 405 OCCD IN I/S / BRNT PD HANDLE / BC TO S1 / 1039 PD
12:12 PM8[16] 10-39 BRNT PD
12:12 PM7[15] 405 97 BALFOUR ONR TO EB 4 / START BRNT PD – POSS THEIRS
12:06 PM6[13] FD CPZ LN 10 AND 3
12:05 PM5[8] [Notification] [CHP]-CORRECTION THIS IS BALFOUR ONR TO WB 4
12:04 PM4[6] LL COCO FIRE
12:04 PM3[4] PSBY TRYING TO GET XRAY OO VEH
12:03 PM2[2] BOTH VEHS ON RHS
12:03 PM1[1] RED MERZ 2D SD VS SEMI

 


15 COMMENTS

  1. That must have been incredibly frightening! Imagine being in your vehicle as it’s being dragged onto an onramp. I hope the woman is OK.

  2. It’s time to rain in these red light running bottom dump trucks. They are all over and running crazy.

  3. ALL large truck traffic (semi’s, etc.) should be limited to night time driving when there are fewer passenger cars around. Did this truck driver run a red light?

    • Leslie, you are right-on-the-money! I’d like to see ALL large trucks required to drive ONLY at night . . say, starting at 10 pm and finishing at 5 am …. that’s when the work traffic usually start hitting the roads.

    • Large trucks make the roads very dangerous! They must be contained. I’ve never seen a truck drive at 65 mph as the law dictates. They bear down at 75 – 80 mph! Scary!

      • Big trucks, at least most of them, are the safe drivers. It’s the dumb cars, who cut them off, who are at fault. You can’t stop 80,000 lbs in a few feet. You dumb ass car drivers that need to be somewhere 2 minutes ago and must get ahead of that truck are usually at fault but everyone blames the truckers. You sure as hell want all your products on the shelves at the stores though or delivered to your homes! How do you think they get there? Take a few extra minutes, let the truck have that extra space it needs and pass it safely!

        • We need to have TRAINS run products to cities, not trucks! Trains are safer and do not impact roads where the majority of the cars are passenger cars. Trucks an then meet the trains, unload products from the trains and deliver them to the individual stores.

  4. Some of the drivers of the large trucks delivering fill to the John Muir Parkway project are absolutely crazy. Driving way too fast and running red lights.

    I suggest Brentwood police or other appropriate authority monitor this closely, before another fatality occurs.

  5. Stop blaming the truck driver, the car ran red light got hit. It was an unfortunate accident that could have been avoided.

    • I agree most truck drivers have to drive safely or loose their jobs. Most drivers have to avoid cars that cut in front of them or pull out in front of them. I try to give a big truck space. They can not stop as quickly as a car.

    • Read about the reply posted. Are you a witness ?
      Did you see ?
      You need to contact the police which they are asking for. You say do not blame truck driver , red mbz ran light ???????

  6. Peter – Are you a witness ?
    Did you see the accident ?
    Did you see the red light etc ?
    If so , then you should make your report to the police and not state your opinion on a public forum just as you are referring to the other party. 2 wrongs do not make

  7. Yesterday I witnessed a driver run a red light and just missed getting hit by a young couple in a convertible. A few hours later I saw a driver pull out of a Berger King and never saw the cyclists who varied wildly to avoid the car. Both had drivers I would say older than 70. We all know our reaction time slows and we are less aware of our surroundings as we age. New young drivers and very old drivers are most at risk of causing accidents. What happened here I am not a witness. However you can guess who I put more blame on this fatal accident. Sad for the loved ones who knew the driver. Prayers for this family.

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