Tanker explosion collapses section
of MacArthur Maze interstate connector
A section of eastbound Interstate Highway 80 to eastbound Interstate
Highway 580 collapsed this morning following a gas tanker explosion.
By Julia Cheever
April 29, 2007
A tanker carrying unleaded gasoline exploded early this morning,
causing 250 yards of roadway to collapse near Emeryville. The
driver walked away from the incident and took a taxi to a nearby
hospital where he is being treated for second-degree burns, according
to the California Highway Patrol.
Firefighters have arrrived on the scene and are battling the blaze
that melted a section of I-580 to I-80 interstate connector leading
to its collapse.
screenshot courtesy baconmonkey.
California Highway Patrol officer Trenton Cross said he believed
speed was a factor in the tanker crash, which caused roadway on
Interstate Highway 580 at Interstate Highway 80, located near
Emeryville to be completely destroyed. The tanker explosion caused
the upper deck of a connector ramp to collapse onto the lower
deck, according to a California Highway Patrol dispatcher.
Interstate Highway 580 is closed approaching the San Francisco
Bay Bridge, according to the dispatcher.
The dispatcher said eastbound Interstate Highway 80 to eastbound
Interstate Highway 580 collapsed
after heat from the tanker explosion on the westbound Interstate
Highway 580 at Interstate Highway 80 rose and melted the upper
The dispatcher said traffic continues to flow on to the San Francisco
Travelers wishing to enter San Francisco from the East Bay may
take Interstate Highway 80, which remains open.
The dispatcher said there is no word on when the roadway will
be open, and it could be days if not months before traffic resumes
as usual on this stretch of road.
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