A bicyclist was killed trying to cross Interstate 80 near Berkeley early Saturday morning, forcing authorities to close the freeway for hours for the cleanup and investigation into the incident, during which time there was a rollover accident.
The CHP said that the bicyclist was struck while trying to cross the freeway to the center divider near University Avenue around 4:30 a.m. Saturday.
Officers arriving on the scene located the bicyclist down in the roadway and learned that he had been hit by a Ford pickup truck, according to the CHP.
The impact of the crash snapped the bicycle in half.
“It should be an easy decision to not cross the freeway on a bicycle -- you're going to lose every time,” said Sgt. Jeff Thomas of the California Highway Patrol.
The bicyclist, identified as a 24-year-old rresident of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the truck, a 41-year-old man from Mariposa County, was unharmed in the collision and cooperated with the CHP investigation.
The CHP is actively investigating the crash ans is asking anyone with information about the incident to call (510) 450-3821 or (800) TELL-CHP.
The accident closed all five lanes of the freeway near University Avenue, and a sig alert was issued.
It was unclear Saturday why the bicyclist attempted to cross the freeway, according to investigators, and witnesses to the collision were asked to contact the CHP.
During the investigation into the fatal crash, another crash resulted around 5:30 a.m.
Reportedly driving at a high rate of speed, a small SUV plowed into the back of a semi stopped on the roadway near the Ashby I-80 on-ramp, causing the SUV to overturn, according to the CHP.
CHP said the driver of the SUV was taken by ambulance to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries and the semi driver was not seriously hurt.
The two right lanes of the freeway re-opened 40 minutes after the first crash and the sig alert was canceled when all lanes re-opened at 6:30 a.m.
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