"As I got out here, the line was so low it was glancing off the trucks," explained PG&E spokesman Nacho Araquistain. "The line was all de-engergized, which was good, but the fact it was dipping down on the freeway."
It forced the California Highway Patrol to close 880 South at the 238 connector for a short time. Then the CHP closed the 238 connector for most of the day so crews could repair the lines.
"We need to keep this area safe just in case the wires do come down again, to keep anyone from getting hurt," explained CHP Sgt. Leonard Tomboc. "It's never a good time, especially a weekend like this!" A weekend when Labor Day travelers are coming back from their holiday.
The backup on 880 South through San Leandro extended beyond two miles. The area is a major transition for traffic headed from the Port of Oakland and other commercial hubs. There was some relief for big rig drivers, who were allowed to take 580 as an alternate until the 238 connector reopened just before 4:00 p.m.
The early morning crash just after midnight involved a Chevy truck two adults and two children inside. Their conditions were unknown Monday afternoon. The crash sparked a small grass fire that was quickly extinguished. The cause of the crash is under investigation.