Toll attendant killed in crash at Bay Bridge, traffic disrupted


A truck struck the toll plaza of the Bay Bridge early Saturday, killing a toll attendant and injuring the driver of the truck and a passenger.

The collision occurred at 5:11 a.m., California Highway Patrol Officer Vu Williams said.

“A box truck came through the line and struck several vehicles and continued on,” Williams said. “It hit a toll booth … and inside was a toll taker who was unfortunately killed.”

Williams said the driver and one passenger were ejected onto the roadway and were taken to a hospital with serious injuries. The crash is under investigation, and Williams said the cause of the wreck has not been determined.

“We’re investigating exactly why the driver lost control and struck the toll plaza, so we’ve got to determine all the factors involved, including impairments, medical issues, or mechanical issues,” Williams said. He added that CHP believes the collision was not an intentional act.

Williams said the individual toll both was completely destroyed, and the rest of the structure was damaged where the collision occurred, though traffic was still moving through other lanes.

California Highway Patrol Officer Todd Smith said there will be significant traffic delays on and around the Oakland side of the Bay Bridge.

“Lanes 14-17 have a hard closure, meaning they’re going to be closed for a long time,” Smith said.

The CHP estimated the lanes would not fully reopen until as late as 5:30 p.m.

The northbound Interstate 880 connector to westbound Interstate 80 was closed, and CHP was directing all traffic to eastbound 80.

“If people need to come into the city, they’ll need to turn around and come back using one of the other exits,” Smith said.

Sophie Haigney is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @SophieHaigney

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