Crashes slow traffic on I-680 in Danville

Separate incidents near northbound Sycamore Valley Road exit affect morning and evening commutes

Different crashes caused bottlenecks on northbound Interstate 680 near the same Danville exit during the morning and evening commutes Tuesday.

The first crash, reported around 10:20 a.m. almost a mile south of the Sycamore Valley Road exit, blocked all lanes initially and then slowed traffic through the corridor for more than an hour and a half while officials worked to clear the multi-vehicle wreckage, according to the California Highway Patrol.

All lanes were re-opened as of 12:30 p.m. The incident occurred on a stretch of I-680 that is currently without a northbound shoulder due to construction.

Commuters faced lane closures in nearly the same spot on northbound I-680 Tuesday evening following a crash on the highway adjacent to the Sycamore Valley Road off-ramp just before 6 p.m.

Information on potential injuries from each crash was not immediately available.

Information from the Bay City News Service was used in this report.


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Posted by Long-time local
a resident of Danville
on Jan 29, 2014 at 11:52 am

Has anyone kept records of how many accidents there have been on 680 in the construction zone, between Crow Canyon Rd and Sycamore, since the work began? It seems like there have been so many. I even saw a car flip over one morning on my drive to work in San Ramon. I hope this construction will be completed soon.

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Posted by JP
a resident of Danville
on Feb 3, 2014 at 9:54 am

Long-time local-
Agreed that it seems like there have been more accidents lately...I blame the drivers...not the construction zones. No one observes or respects the need to slow down in construction zones. Reducing speed and a little more defensive driving would solve all the problems.

There are free online defensive driving videos and courses out there. If CHP would enforce speeding and traffic violations in those zones a bit more, I think it would be a slight deterent...but ultimately it is going to come down to the drivers themselves.

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