CHP re-opens southbound highway 101 after pileup
Northbound lanes remain closed
By Karli Bulnes, Bay City News Service
March 11, 2006
SAUSALITO (BCN) - The California Highway Patrol is escorting
groups of vehicles back onto southbound U.S. Highway 101 in Marin
County following a 31-vehicle pile-up early this morning that
killed two people and shut down the highway in both directions.
The southbound portion of the highway was "partially re-opened''
as of 7:30 a.m., a CHP spokesman said.
According to CHP Sgt. Wayne Ziese, the northbound lanes will
remain closed "all day'' to allow investigators to collect
evidence related to the double-fatal crash.
Despite the re-opening of the southbound lanes, the CHP is advising
drivers to find alternate routes since the area is experiencing
"It is not going to be an easy travel,'' Ziese said.
Ziese is advising motorists traveling northbound from San Francisco
to avoid the Golden Gate Bridge. Instead, Ziese said they should
take Interstate Highway 80 to Interstate Highway 580 to the Richmond-San
Rafael Bridge to get to U.S. Highway 101.
The pile-up started just after 2:30 a.m. on a downhill grade
in Sausalito near the Waldo Tunnel, the CHP reported. Two people
died in the accident and many more were injured, the CHP reported.
According to Ziese, officers arrested the driver of a Honda Civic
on suspicion of felony driving under the influence.
Ziese said the Honda slammed into the back of a sport utility
vehicle, killing two of its passengers.
The CHP reported icy and slushy road conditions probably contributed
to the cause of the collision and the massive pileup.
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