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Moraga Way Closed For Three Hours After Garbage Truck Runs Away; Hits Another Car


A truck driver was treated for reported back pain at John Muir Hospital after a grinding crash that effectively closed Moraga Way in Orinda for more than three hours Tuesday morning.

Witnesses told NEWS24-680 that an Allied Waste truck parked on Los Cerros rolled backwards at 7:53 a.m. Tuesday, picking up speed as it pushed through a berm and stand of trees before colliding with a car on Moraga Way and finally coming to rest – power lines snagged in the limbs of a tree it had brought down.

The truck’s driver complained of back pain and was taken to John Muir Hospital, according to Orinda Police Chief Mark Nagel. The driver of a Honda Pilot struck by the truck as it careened onto Moraga way, was also taken to the hospital for observation but was not believed to be seriously injured.

Moraga Way, an essential commuter route for Lamorindans hoping to make Highway 24, was closed from 8 a.m. until 11:17 a.m. while public works and PG&E crews worked to clean up the scene of the crash.


  1. The latest of several accidents to show us how vulnerable we are to traffic incidents on any of our limited access roads. Luckily working from home today.

  2. Given the fast distracted traffic, pot holes, uneven conditions, steep hills, blind spots and such, really the only vehicle qualified to navigate Rheem Blvd. is a Sherman tank. Best of luck to anyone else.

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