Highway Collapse

This is not my picture...it's from the internet.

 

This is what one of our major freeway interchanges looks like this morning. A tanker truck filled with gasoline overturned as it was going around this curve Sunday morning, and it exploded, melting the freeway & steel so much that it collapsed & fell onto the freeway below. Unbelievably, no one was killed, including the truck driver.

 

This highway is cruicial to traffic flow in the entire bay area, and coincidentally is the exact one Kellie takes to get from home to work & back every day. Needless to say, she's taking mass transit today to & from work to avoid the craziness of traffic jams anticipated. But as luck would have it, everyone has taken mass transit today, and the traffic problems were minimal. Governor Ahhh-nold Schwarzenegger has declared a "state of emergency" for the area, and one of the benefits is that the state is paying for at least one day of free public transportation to get people off the roads so traffic isn't snarled constantly. So Kellie's trip today was completely free.

  • Tracy 8y

    Oh geeeeez I'm so sorry you guys are affected by this. That stinks! But how great that no one was killed -- what a miracle!
  • Mooxes 8y

    That is so crazy! It makes me appreciate the shitty MTA here. For a second. ;)
  • Eyesplash - What happened to winter 8y

    musta been a scary sight like the earthquake of 89 .
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  • Jason 8y

    !!!!

    Lost for words!

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  • Kandi Carol 8y

    I had to take BART to Berkeley because of this thing on Sunday morning! Luckily, it wasn't that bad because BART stepped up and provided more trains to help with the traffic!
  • TriLauraTri 8y

    thanks, everyone, for your comments!

    mikul, that's exactly what they are likening it to....that we haven't seen this kind of disruption in traffic flow since that earthquake.

    kandi, kellie said the commute this morning on BART was easy peasy, even with all the additional people taking it. i think this'll be her way of commuting the rest of the school year.
  • Eye Walker 8y

    Yes, my husband works at the Port of Oakland. It hasnt added too much to his commute so far but no doubt all of those timid commuters will make their way back into the commute and we estimate it will most likely add an hour to his day. For myself, I have 2 trips planned out of OAK those mornings will be a challange.
  • Heather 8y

    I still don't get how the driver walked away from a fiery crash hot enough to melt steel, talk about lucky. It's amazing how attached we all get to our infrastructure without realizing it until something goes wrong!
  • Morgan 8y

    i was going to an A's game that day...no problems with traffic on a sunday! it's insane how the asphalt looks "folded"
  • Lisa Chisum 8y

    Jesus!! this is so scarey I was out in L.A. acutally in San Bernadino Valley in Van Nuys on a 3 month nursing assignment in 89, this so exactly what happened except it pancaked the freeways in Okeland...I want'ed to go there so bad but hell I was scared also...I didn't last out my assingment after that and bailed back to Oklahoma 2 weeks early, what can I say I'm a puss?? I was used to chasing tornados rather than earthquakes...anyway good Pic.!
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