MacArthur Maze Freeway Collapse

At about 3:40 AM this morning, a tanker carrying 8,600 gallons of gasoline hit a guard rail and overturned on the ramp connecting I-80 West to I-880 South. The subsequent explosion and fire caused steel supports to melt, collapsing the I-580 overpass onto the roadway below.

Thankfully, there were no fatalities caused by the accident. The driver himself was able to walk away from the accident and hailed a taxi that took him to Kaiser Oakland Medical Center, where he was treated for second degree burns.

The freeway collapse, which occurred in part of a series of interchanges known as the MacArthur Maze (map), is expected to disrupt traffic for weeks, if not months. Nearly 75,000 vehicles travel over that section of road every day.

Earlier this afternoon, I rode my bicycle near the site of the collapse. I stopped briefly to take a few pictures which I’ve posted to Flickr. The San Francisco Chronicle has additional coverage and (more interesting) photos.


Lonna Hanson
April 30, 2007 at 1:31 PM

Wow, what a freaky accident. You are right, thankfully no one was hurt. I enjoyed your pictures and the SanFrancisco Chronicle site.

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