Freeway Collision: Big-Rig Slides Off Slippery I-580 Near Flynn

Semi looked "like a toy" on side of mountain, said witness. Accident snarls a.m. commute.

A Wednesday morning collision between a truck and one or more vehicles on eastbound I-580 near the North Flynn Road exit blocked commuters in both directions, and sent the tractor-trailer sliding down the mountainside, according to a motorist.  

The witness, who was traveling west on I-580 at about 9:40 a.m., said traffic was halted on both sides of the freeway as rescue vehicles attempted to reach what appeared to be an accident involving a semi and one or more vehicles.

The individual said the big-rig, pulled over on the I-580 shoulder, then began sliding off the freeway in a moment so "dramatic" that the stopped motorists could only stare in disbelief as the incident unfolded. 

"It looked like a toy," the person said. "It was amazing to see that giant truck on the side of the mountain and how far it had gone down." 

A bulletin by MantecaCommuter said the tractor-trailer truck was on its side stuck in brush 100 feet below the freeway. (Article posted here.)

The California Highway Patrol traffic site initially reported the freeway collision shortly after 8 a.m. 

CHP officials could not be reached to confirm the accident details.


Nota Telling December 05, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Useless without pics.
david December 05, 2012 at 10:58 PM
CHP reports at 10:30 am, yet your "witness" saw this at 8 am? Someone mixed things up on this!
Susan C. Schena December 06, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Thanks, you're right, and we clarified the story.
Heidi Longoria December 06, 2012 at 01:14 AM
David, that may have been something different. A co-worker got stuck in this traffic. She was coming from Tracy around 9am.


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