The Friday commute started off a slow one for the throngs of drivers backed up on I-880 near Hayward after a big rig carrying wine (no word as to the vintage) flipped on the center divider — blocking both southbound and northbound lanes when it finally came to a rest. According to KRON4, the wreck occurred around 3:00 a.m. and led to spilled diesel across the interstate but not that much wine.
Immediately after the collision, all southbound lanes were closed.
The are conflicting reports as to what caused the crash, with KRON4 reporting that a car hit the wine truck — causing the truck to then hit the center divider — before the car's driver reportedly fled the scene on foot. Fox 2, on the other hand, is reporting that the crash may have been caused by an abandoned car on the freeway. CHP is investigating, and asks any witnesses to contact them.
Regardless of the cause, it was slow going getting the roadway cleared. Apparently, because of the value of the cargo, all the crates of wine on the truck had to be removed by hand before the trailer could be towed away. Fox 2 reports that the big rig driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, and although all lanes of the freeway fully reopened just before 8:00 a.m. this morning, there may be some residual traffic effects after that time.