A driver in a police pursuit that began in Dublin may have tried to crash into a CHP blockade in Oakland, which led to the complete halting of traffic on westbound I-580 Tuesday morning.
As Bay City News reports, the CHP initially shut down the left two westbound lanes around 10:30 a.m., and at 11 a.m. the agency said all westbound lanes now shut to traffic. The chase apparently ended where 580 intersects with Highway 24 and 980.
Per the tweets below, it appears that ABC 7 newscaster Leslie Brinkley was caught in the traffic just before where the final crash occurred.
Investigators converging on scene of police pursuit that might have ended w suspect trying to crash into CHP. WB 580 closed in Oakland just before 980 split. #abc7news pic.twitter.com/bfLxgFqQnf— Leslie Brinkley (@lrbrinkley) August 27, 2019
Drone up above the crash site where CHP is investigating driver who might have tried to run down officer during a pursuit on 580. All WB lanes still closed here in Oakland #abc7news pic.twitter.com/xMHi1WeVJK— Leslie Brinkley (@lrbrinkley) August 27, 2019
As ABC 7 reports, there were "major traffic back-ups" all around the scene as CHP's investigation was ongoing.
KTVU's Tom Vacar reported there also may have been shots fired.
I - 580 W at 24 off ramp CLOSED due to shots fired incident on 580. Several cars involved. Awaiting CHP info officer #KTVU pic.twitter.com/42KhQUjzyH— Tom Vacar (@TomVacarKTVU) August 27, 2019
As of noon, CHP Oakland said it was diverting all traffic onto Highway 24 and I-980.
I-580 westbound at Telegraph is closed due to police activity. Traffic is being diverted to SR-24 eastbound or I-980 westbound. Unknown ETO at this time. For media inquiries, please contact our Golden Gate Division on-call PIO.— CHP Oakland (@CHPoakland) August 27, 2019