Big-rig accident on I-680 causes traffic gridlock in Walnut Creek


UPDATE 1:52PM All lanes on NB 680 are open

UPDATE 11:37 AM Traffic still slow North Bound 680 through Walnut Creek. All lanes should be open by 1pm.

UPDATE 9:58 AM One lane of northbound I-680 now open.

UPDATE 8:36 AM – CHP is working to get northbound lanes open by 10 a.m. and the scene cleared by noon, according to officials.

The driver of the big-rig was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries of pain and trouble breathing.

Three other people involved in the crash also reported minor injuries but were not taken to a hospital, CHP said.

The big-rig’s trailer was filled with 50,000 pounds of gravel, according to CHP.

CHP officials said they are also working to suction out diesel fuel from a storm drain that spilled out of the big-rig.

UPDATE 7:02 AM – Three southbound lanes are now open but all northbound lanes remain closed.

Walnut Creek police issued a statement warning drivers of delays in the areas of Rudgear Road, South Main Street, Danville Boulevard and I-680. crews

Traffic is still backed up on the southbound lanes for several miles into Concord. Cars have started turning around the highway to get out of the gridlock.

A witness at the scene said she say flames, smoke and break lights everywhere and called the incident “horrible.” watch the video above a full witness report.

Crews are at the scene repairing the center divide that has a 10-15 foot hole. A tow truck also arrived to take away the big-rig.

WALNUT CREEK (KRON) — A big-rig accident has shut down the northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 680 just south of Highway 24 in Walnut Creek Friday morning.

A big-rig driving northbound I-680 collided with the concrete center divider sending debris into lanes in both directions at 5:56 a.n., according to California Highway Patrol.

Multiple vehicles were stuck by the debris causing a series of accidents on southbound I-680, CHP said. At least 6 cars were reported to be involved. fire5

The debris also collided with the side of the interstate causing a brush fire on the southbound side of I-680.

At least one person has reported minor injuries, according to CHP.

A driver is having trouble breathing and may have gotten debris in their eyes, officials said.

Emergency crews are at the scene.

We are looking at long delays as the lanes will remain shut down for several hours in both directions of traffic.

CHP said it will take some time to clear the roads of the big-rig. Caltrans will be sent to the scene to weep the area and repair the center diving wall, according to CHP.

KRON 4 is sending crews to the scene.

Stay with KRON 4 for updates on this story.

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