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San Ramon: Man killed after crashing into crane on I-680

Driver rear-ended equipment that belonged to subcontractor on express lanes project, officials say

A motorist was killed in a crash with a mobile construction crane on Interstate 680 in San Ramon late Thursday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The collision was reported to the CHP at 11:25 p.m. Thursday on the highway's southbound lanes near the Bollinger Canyon Road off-ramp. It was then followed by another minor crash.

The mobile construction crane involved in the initial collision was associated with an ongoing Metropolitan Transportation Commission project to convert carpool lanes between San Ramon and Walnut Creek to express lanes, according to the MTC.

A rubber tire crane owned by Independent Structures, a subcontractor on the project, was traveling in the highway's slow lane reportedly at about 55 mph when it was rear-ended by a black Honda, MTC officials said.

The Honda's driver, identified by the Contra Costa County coroner's office Friday morning as 43-year-old Carlos Garcia Zepeda, was apparently killed on impact, MTC officials said.

Another, more minor crash occurred around 30 seconds later, when a silver sedan rear-ended the Honda. MTC officials said the female driver of the sedan appeared to have suffered minor bruises in the crash.

Lanes on southbound I-680 were closed due to the incident but were reopened early Friday morning, according to the CHP.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Danville Resident
a resident of Danville
on May 2, 2016 at 6:36 am

The crane operator was NOT traveling at 55 MPH. As anybody who has travelled down 680 would observe the crane is parked off to the side of 680 right after the Bollinger on ramp. The accident occurred near this location. My brother was a witness to the accident and called it in. He also called the CHP later to provide more details of the accident. Please get the story straight for the poor victims family.


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Posted by Tracy
a resident of Alamo
on May 2, 2016 at 7:03 am

It seems odd that the crane would be traveling at 55mph at 11:25pm. Where was it going? Dublin? If the work was being done at night......where was the crane coming from where it would be traveling at 55mph?

Danville resident... You are completely accurate on where the construction vehicles are left day and night without any warning signs or anything blocked off for safety. Its interesting that there was no mention of actual work being done at that time. No huge lights flooding the lanes. No mention of any workers as witnesses or potential victims. I wonder if things have been moved since this accident? Total negligence on the part of the contractors. Reporters also negligent for not covering these simple yet very relevant questions. Prayers to the victims family.


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Posted by Garcia Zepeda's niece
a resident of another community
on May 2, 2016 at 10:45 pm

Its very strange that they're saying that the Crane was being used at that time. I work in danville and I drove by that evening at around 7:30-8pm and there was no construction or repairs being done at that time! So why in the world was the Crane was being operated at 11:25pm??? It just makes no sense, I want justice for my uncle and his family and I want the truth to come out soon!! 😢


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Posted by Garcia Zepeda's niece
a resident of another community
on May 2, 2016 at 10:45 pm

Its very strange that they're saying that the Crane was being used at that time. I work in danville and I drove by that evening at around 7:30-8pm and there was no construction or repairs being done at that time! So why in the world was the Crane was being operated at 11:25pm??? It just makes no sense, I want justice for my uncle and his family and I want the truth to come out soon!! 😢


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