Two lanes of eastbound Interstate Highway 580 east of Hopyard Road in Pleasanton shut down Tuesday afternoon as crews worked to clean up the
remnants of a big-rig accident and fire.
The 1:20 p.m. accident sent three people to hospitals with minor injuries.
CHP Officer Scott Cakebread said a big-rig carrying a construction crane apparently sideswiped a Toyota 4Runner that was stopped alongside the freeway and then started sliding and scraping against a concrete wall.
As the big-rig slid to a stop, diesel fuel and hydraulic fluid spilled and ignited, he said.
Cakebread said the truck driver and his 7-year-old son who was riding with him jumped from the cab of the truck to safety, but suffered
minor injuries. The boy was transported to Children's Hospital in Oakland.
A woman who was driving the 4Runner was also transported to a hospital with minor injuries.
There is no estimated time for the two lanes' reopening, Cakebread said. Other eastbound lanes are open, but the clean-up equipment is causing a
visual hazard that is backing up traffic significantly in the area.