Driver dies as truck plunges off S-curve
There is an S-curve that moves people from the old bridge sections to the newer ones to the older ones again. It's not working out so well.
A truck driver died early today after losing control on the Bay Bridge S-curve and plummeting in his big rig 200 feet to Yerba Buena Island, the most serious crash since the new detour was installed, the California Highway Patrol said.
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"The commercial vehicle was traveling at high speed when the driver attempted to negotiate the turn," Cross said. "He went off the side of the Bay Bridge and dropped approximately 200 feet down."
The truck plunged over the northern side of the span and onto Yerba Buena Island, spilling about 30 to 40 gallons of diesel fuel when it landed. The driver, a Hayward man whose name was not immediately released, died at the scene.
CHP investigators were trying to determine whether the truck's load of pears had shifted as the big rig reached the S-curve, something that could have helped propel the truck over the side of the span.
Note: An earlier version of the headline said that 40 people had died because of this. This was an error. The headline has been edited to reflect this.