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The Monday Morning Report: Hangovers, Crashes, And Chases


It was a weekend for partying in the 24/680 and people got out there and let the good times roll. From what we’re hearing the Alka Seltzer is rolling this morning.

Sun and sin felled more than a dozen attendees at the two-day Lafayette Art & Wine festival and some other combinations felled concert-goers attending a Chris Brown concert at the Concord Pavilion Saturday. Medical people were very busy as high temperatures took their toll, sucking the moisture out of folks and dropping some in their tracks.

Beer fanciers making their way home on I-680 Saturday morning may have felt they were lost party zone after stumbling upon a tractor-trailer rig covered in sudsy foam after a crash and fire – but firefighters had to use the foam instead of water to knock down that blaze.

The thrills and chills continued into Sunday evening after a man and woman apparently stole a car in Lafayette and made it to Walnut Creek before police there noticed and objected to their having it – touching off a foot chase and the arrest of one of the pair. Anyone notice how many couples are out there running and gunning and doing crime these days? Look for the reality show, soon.

And Monday got off to a sad start with the death of a motorcyclist on southbound I-680 this morning, the rider dying after colliding with a tractor trailer rig near the Bollinger Canyon offramp at 4:41 a.m.

Investigators said the 39-year-old motorcyclist died in a chain-reaction accident between two big-rigs and a Honda. They said the Honda rear-ended a big-rig, then spun around and became disabled in the second from the right hand southbound lane.

Officers said the motorcyclist then struck the Honda and was thrown from his bike. Shortly afterward, a second big-rig struck the motorcycle and the 39-year-old man, who was pronounced dead at the scene and who remains unidentified pending notification of next of kin.

All southbound lanes except the far right lane were blocked for more than four hours while crews worked to put out fires, clean up spilled fuel and clear the wreckage. All lanes were reopened by 8:55 a.m.

The motorcyclist’s death is the second traffic fatality in the area in just over a week. San Ramon resident Ravi Pappu, 32, died in a crash on Crow Canyon Road on Sept. 13.

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  1. 680 has been an absolute terror lately. i wondered why people always sped through there and I now believe it is so they can get through it faster. crazy

  2. A reality show in Lamorinda? Just when property values are on the rise. Condolences to family of the motorcyclist.

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