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CHP: Overturned Truck Driver Ignored Wind Warnings

The truck was eastbound on Interstate 580 around 4:30 a.m., just east of the San Quentin off-ramp, at speeds in excess of 45 mph when it was overturned by strong winds.

A big rig driver whose truck overturned on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge today -- blocking traffic for more than five hours -- ignored high-wind warnings and drove at excessive speeds before the crash, the California Highway Patrol said Sunday.

The truck was eastbound on Interstate 580 about 4:30 a.m., -- just east of the San Quentin off-ramp -- at speeds in excess of 45 mph when it was overturned by strong winds, Officer Eric Hohmeister said.

The driver had ignored high wind warning signs when entering the bridge, the officer said.

The empty rig overturned on its right side, blocking the two left lanes.

Tow crews had to wait for winds to subside before working to right the truck.

The truck was straightened and the roadway reopened by about 10:30 a.m.

There were no reports of any injuries and no gasoline was spilled.

Eastbound lanes were blocked for more than five hours, with traffic forced to use the right shoulder to pass.

-- Bay City News Service

Selina Williams December 03, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Shouldn't these people be fined for stupidity and wasting tax payer money?
Lacey N December 04, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Well Selina thats why its called an accident!!! If it were you would you want a fine on top of other problems??? This man just lost his job and to call him stupid is your bad judgement. Maybe we should fine you for that. And the company payed to have him picked up not taxpayers!

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