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Overturned Sheriff's vehicle causes major traffic on I-680

Original post made on Jun 21, 2012

A solo vehicle crash on northbound Interstate 680 at El Pintado Road caused gridlock in both directions Wednesday afternoon, after a Contra Costa County Sheriff's patrol car overturned at 1:54 p.m. Two deputies were inside the vehicle and were treated for minor injuries.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 3:19 PM

Comments (18)

Posted by LMP, a resident of Diablo
on Jun 21, 2012 at 6:32 am

Sound like someone was following too close.

Posted by SP, a resident of Danville
on Jun 21, 2012 at 6:56 am

Sounds like the meter maids need to stop issuing cell phone tickets and pay attention to their own driving. Any citizen would be issued some type of TAX - I mean ticket for what occurred.

Posted by michele, a resident of Danville
on Jun 21, 2012 at 8:24 am

Glad to hear these hard working officers who protect our communities are ok with only a few minor injuries. My thoughts go out to them and their families!

Posted by Doug, a resident of Danville
on Jun 21, 2012 at 8:48 am

Based on how I observe both Sheriffs and CHP drive on our roads (no turn signals, puddle jumping, and excessive speed), I am not surprised to hear of the accident and that the officers was "reported" to have traveling at 65mph. I respect the work law enforcement does, but I don't respect the way they conduct themselves above basic law of the road.

Posted by Susan, a resident of Danville
on Jun 21, 2012 at 9:35 am

I highly respect all of our officers and the serious jobs they do to protect our citizens. To me it just looks like one of them needs to go back to driving school. For the most part, they are so committed to the safety of our citizens.

Posted by Susan, a resident of Danville
on Jun 21, 2012 at 9:37 am

And yes, the traffic was still jammed up big-time wayyyy beyond 3:15 = It was still grid-locked when I left Danville at 6:00 pm, and so were the side streets - quite a mess.

Posted by Concerned Citizen, a resident of Danville
on Jun 21, 2012 at 9:50 am

SP is NOT an idiot! It's amazing how a single comment can result in everyone picking on a single individual PERSONALLY. Wow! SP and LMP are both right. Too often cops believe they're above the law. They speed, follow too closely, talk on their cell phones, run stop signs and stop lights, etc. and then hand out tickets and wait for people to "break the law (which is arbitrary as Obama and Congress are showing us)." People too often forget that cops are just people too. They are NOT above the law. As a matter of fact, I would LOVE to police the police if I weren't fearful of them and the government fining or imprisoning me... for whatever arbitrary rule/law they voted to impose on us citizens... without our consent or knowledge. What are our laws? What are our rights? What is the punishment?

Obviously, in this case, the cop lost control and flipped the vehicle. In police training, they are taught techniques to avoid such results and to practice public safety. Sounds like there may have been some negligence on the cop's part... If the vehicle stopped in front of him, then it should have been a collision and not resulted in flipping the vehicle. There probably would have been far fewer injuries had the individual responsible for the accident (as the cop is saying) just hit the car in front of him as it would have just been a fender bender and not an overturned vehicle...

Glad nobody was seriously injured, but maybe this will bring to light that cops are just as negligent as others and shouldn't be considered above the law.

Posted by John, a resident of Danville
on Jun 21, 2012 at 10:02 am

I'm concerned about Concerned Citizen's paranoia.

Posted by Concerned Citizen, a resident of Danville
on Jun 21, 2012 at 10:08 am

SP - I have to apologize for my fellow Danville citizens.

Have any of you every felt that strange feeling in the pit of your stomach as a cop pulls up behind you even if you've done nothing wrong? The cop could be sitting on the phone, eating a donut, etc and you suddenly get nervous and more alert... If your phone rang and the IRS (or anyone from state or local government) called, would you feel nervous? Is there any chance that they're calling you to help? Have you been given all the Obama help that you need? If not, then sit and ponder why you're afraid to live in a "free" country.

Most of us have had the tragedy of a car accident; few of us have flipped a car. It takes a lot! Generally, high speeds and negligence of the driver to flip a vehicle. If anyone has ever gotten into a single car accident resulting in your vehicle overturned, then you would be ticketed, and most likely, your vehicle would be removed and further investigation would take place. If John and Jasmine, disagree, then they are either government/public employees who are the problem or simply misinformed like most of society...

Posted by Rick Pshaw, a resident of Danville
on Jun 21, 2012 at 10:37 am

Dear Concerned Citizen,

I'm glad to hear that you were an eye-witness to this accident and will be able to testify in court about it.

Oh? You weren't really and eye-witness and are just guessing and projecting...

And how many times have you been arrested to be so afraid of the cops?

Posted by FanDanville, a resident of Danville
on Jun 21, 2012 at 11:13 am

At 3:00 PM, I-680 Southbound was slow moving down from Walnut Creek (I-24). White Sheriff's car was already up on Tow Truck trailer on the shoulder, but right lane was closed by cop cars.

At 4:45 PM, I-680 Northbound was stopped up from Danville all the down to the I-580 interchange. SRV Blvd and many side streets to freeway entrances were backed up heavily.

Posted by Julie K., a resident of Danville
on Jun 21, 2012 at 11:26 am

I would suggest to all the posters here that if you don't feel you can put your real name on your post, then perhaps you should think twice about posting it.

Posted by FanDanville, a resident of Danville
on Jun 21, 2012 at 11:38 am

I wonder WHAT OPERATION this white Sheriff's car was engaged in at the time? (The article doesn't disclose this crucial fact--as so many of these DE articles do this, leaving facts unquestioned and undiscovered, thereby leading to excessive speculation by the readership.)
Could somebody please disclose what this white Sheriff's car was doing on I-680 at the time!?!
I'm actually wondering whether they were engaged in a PRACTICE EXERCISE operation of high speed driving through traffic. I say this because I experienced a white police car driving behind me at close proximity that same day in the same location.
At 12:00 PM that day........and in the same area as the accident (going Northbound on I-680 after El Cerro ), I had a white police car (not sure whether Sheriff or CHP) suddenly appear behind my car in fast lane, with lights blazing (no siren), in close proximity (10 feet behind me). I pulled over to middle lane as soon as possible and then the white police car took off rapidly and closed on the traffic far ahead, somehow got through that traffic, went farther up (where I couldn't see clearly), and then cut over the lanes, and pulled off at the Livorna exit (I think it was). At the time, I thought it was pulling over a citizen car (as it was close behind a car going off the exit), but it was unclear.
If it was a citizen car pull over, it was a very long amount of chase separation distance (almost a mile) between the citizen car and the police car at the time the white car was behind me. So now I wonder whether this might have been the same white police car.....and it was practicing driving techniques, rather than doing a "pull over"???

Posted by Concerned Citizen, a resident of Danville
on Jun 21, 2012 at 12:30 pm

John - there you go illustrating my point! Rather than debating the merits of my comments, you label Concerned Citizen as "paranoid." Personal attacks do not win debates.

Posted by Gunnther, a resident of Danville
on Jun 21, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Hello Julie K.........Although you're a hypocrite for not giving your full name, here is mine: Gunnther Hamilton. My cell phone is 408-952-9316. I would like to find out how that police officer overturned his/her vehicle on the freeway. I ask as a citizen because I am paying their salary and the cost of the police car. I believe the police force has corruption and this is no different than the time a female police officer pursued another police officer speeding while going to an off-duty event at well over 100mph. It made national news only because the police officer writing the citation was harassed by her fellow officers. Corruption comes in all forms and we, the citizens, should stand up for our rights and help protect the good cops.

Posted by sponge bob roundpants, a resident of Diablo
on Jun 22, 2012 at 7:21 am

Julie, last time I checked, we had something called "free speech" in this country. Your note implies that there is a certain fear (or at least concern), when people are unwilling to post their real name, that they should "think twice". What in the world is that supposed to mean? Does it mean that if I say something that is critical of authority that I will hear a knock on my door and taken in for questioning or under arrest? If this is your attitude, you yourself live in fear. Assuming that's acceptable to you, you're nothing but another one of those sheeple. Good luck following the rest of the lemmings into the sea, drinking the KoolAid all the way.

Posted by Julie K., a resident of Danville
on Jun 26, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Thanks Gunnther and Sponge Bob, but you totally misunderstood my comment. I never said that you should not have free speech or be afraid to question authority. I too would love to hear more details of what happened.

My coments were not aimed at you, but at those that bash other people behind a fake name and say things that they would never admit to saying. I'm just saying, if you are being so rude or hurtful that you aren't willing to stand behind your comments, then maybe it's something that shouldn't be said.

And I am willing to stand behind that statement. No one puts their full name, so I didn't either, but if you would like to know, it's Julie Krommenhoek. And I just wish people would be a little more respectful of each other, and debate the issues without attacking each other. We can disagree without being mean.

Posted by DMV review, a resident of another community
on Jun 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm

I guess we need to review our DMV rules and check the distance per mile clearance, appropriate for that speed, from the vehicle in front of us... No tailgating...Not following too closely.....
Of course the second you leave the correct space, a crowder has to cut in line.

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