At 10:25 am Saturday, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District firefighter were dispatched to a vehicle crash at W. Cypress at O’Hara in the City of Oakley.
It was reported as a two-vehicle crash with a vehicle on its roof and one vehicle on fire. The sheriffs office was on scene reporting power lines were down.
A medical helicopter was dispatched to the scene.
By 10:33 am, Engine 53 arrived on scene reporting vehicle on its roof, wires down and no fire. They reported one patient with agonal respiration’s and were beginning vehicle extrication.
Battalion 5 reported that one patient was critical and another patient was still being extricated from the vehicle by 10:43 am.
By 10:50 am, CALSTAR landed at Oakley Elementary School to transport one of the occupants of the vehicle.
According to the City of Oakley, they expect the roadway to be closed for several hours.
By 11:00 am, Battalion 5 reported this was now a fatal crash with one deceased patient being extricated from the vehicle and the coroner was requested. One patient, a bystander, was airlifted in critical condition to a nearby hospital.
While W. Cypress Road will be shut down for several hours, O’Hara has no delays and is open.
Oakley Police confirmed the driver of the vehicle was deceased and a bystander was the second injured person in the incident and life-flighted.
Excessive speed appears to be a factor in this crash according to police and are investigating whether a mechanical issue with the vehicle occurred or if a medical issue caused the vehicle to travel at a high rate of speed.