Woman dies after I-680 crash in Danville

Southbound spin-out collision occurs amid wet weather Friday

A 55-year-old Albany woman died Friday after a collision on Interstate 680 in Danville.

At 11:02 a.m., the California Highway Patrol responded to a report of a collision on southbound I-680, south of Sycamore Valley Road, according to CHP officials.

The crash happened when the driver of a Toyota sedan lost control of the vehicle as she was driving in rainy weather, according to the CHP. The Toyota then spun across the highway's southbound lanes, crossing in front of a Ford truck, which was pulling a small trailer.

The front of the Ford collided with the side of the Toyota. Afterward, both vehicles then struck a retaining wall, CHP officials said.

The driver of the Toyota, an Albany resident, was taken to John Muir Medical Center, where she died hours later, according to CHP officials. Her name has not been released.

The driver of the Ford, a 38-year-old Concord man, was uninjured.

Both drivers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision, CHP officials said.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Sue
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 25, 2016 at 8:37 am

It is unfortunate someone had to die; however, I am growing increasingly concerned about how fast drivers drive. They come up right behind one's vehicle, then change lanes and weave in and out while accellerating. All this while I am driving at least 70 MPH. Isn't that fast enough to get them to wherever they are headed?

Driving around here is no longer pleasurable!

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Posted by Tony B.
a resident of Danville
on Apr 25, 2016 at 9:41 am

A very sad story, indeed. I don't understand these drivers here in California when it comes to a wet driving environment. Conventional wisdom (common sense) would dictate that when you have inclement weather, you need to adjust your driving habits accordingly. As a New Englander (Connecticut), having lived in California for quite a few years now, I still shake my head when I see the complete lack of road courtesy and the 'me,me, me' mentality that permeates the highways - and local roads - as well. I would wager if you put the average California driver on the road in the mid-west or Northeast, with year-round precipitation, coupled with icy conditions during the winter months, most of the drivers would spin-off the roads within minutes. Everyone wants to get there first. You don't! Just slow-down folks.

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Posted by Renae Wilber
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 25, 2016 at 12:21 pm

I find it so sad that this woman died in a car accident that probably could have been avoided. I agree with all the other comments, wholeheartedly. I learned to drive in Alaska, in the ice and snow. I learned to always leave two car lengths in front of me. I'm lucky to get six inches from cars behind me in California. The purpose is, if a car cannot stop behind you, or doesn't stop on time, you have two car lengths to pull up, as you are being an aware driver and watching the cars in your rear view mirror. This practice is more important than ever with usage of cell phones. When someone behind you is texting, they don't always see the break lights coming to a is so easy to be rear-ended. If you leave two car lengths in front of you, when they stop too late, you have room to move up -- rather than having the front of your car smashed into the back of another car. When I turned 16 my brother gave me a had graphic pictures of car accidents. It was very disturbing. He said "This is what happens when you don't respect that a vehicle is a powerful machine." I have since been in two severe accidents, all when someone else was driving. I am lucky to be alive. A car is not a toy, it is a machine. I don't care if someone honks because I am going too slow for their comfort, or they try to bully me to "move up" to kiss the back of the other car...I never let anyone "drive my car" but me. They are not going to be at my funeral. Please teach your children defensive driving. Also, fast cars and rain, even slow cars and rain, are a recipe for disaster. Slow down. Life is precious.

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