Richmond Rush Hour Nightmare

A significant incident occurred on Tuesday in Richmond, California, as a big rig crash resulted in the closure of all lanes on westbound Interstate Highway 80. The accident took place at approximately 11:30 a.m., just beyond San Pablo Dam Road and shortly before the McBryde Avenue exit. The California Highway Patrol promptly reported that the big rig had suffered a fuel leak as a consequence of the crash. The cleanup process led to the activation of an Incident Response Plan by Caltrans, which diverted westbound Highway 80 traffic onto both San Pablo Dam Road and the previous westbound exit to El Portal Drive. Furthermore, Caltrans also made changes to signal timing and sign messaging on local streets, impacting commuters in Richmond, San Pablo, El Cerrito, and nearby unincorporated areas. The Richmond Fire Department later confirmed that all westbound lanes of I-80 would remain closed for at least an hour, but they assured the public that the leak had been contained, posing no danger. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries as a result of the crash, although details about the accident remained scarce. By 6:30 p.m., normalcy was partially restored as all westbound lanes on I-80 were reopened, but the incident left a lasting impact on the day's traffic and commuters.  
Location: Dwight D. Eisenhower Hwy, San Pablo, CA 94806, USA
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