Man dies on Bay Bridge crash

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A motorcyclist involved in the San Francisco Bay Bridge crash Monday was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities identified the victim as Robert Peng, 58, from Alamo.

According to California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Mark Andrews, Peng’s solo fatal crash was reported at 1:45 p.m..

CHP officials found the rider and motorcycle down in the No. 1 lane when they responded to the crash just west of the Treasure Island exit.

San Francisco Fire Department firefighters and paramedics have also responded to the accident.

The motorcyclist, however, was declared dead at 2:02 p.m.

While the exact reason for the crash cannot be determined yet, Peng was believed to have lost control of the motorcycle and has incurred major injuries, CHP officers revealed.

Andrews said that no debris and no other vehicles were on the scene when the accident happened.

The crash prompted CHP officers to release Sig-alert closing Bay Bridge’s No. 5 lane for 30 minutes.

Lanes 1 and 2, on the other hand, were closed for several hours, causing traffic up to the Bay Bridge’s toll plaza.

Officers lifted the Sig-alert at 3:15 p.m. as the investigation concluded, officers further said.

The San-Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge connects San Francisco and Alameda counties.

Due to ongoing construction that started October 15, the access to Treasure Island through the Bay Bridge Eastern Span was reduced.

Vehicular collisions and solo crashes are not new to Bay Bridge, which carries about 260, 000 vehicles daily.

On top of traffic congestions, these untoward incidents have also caused loss of lives and damages to properties in the past.

Last May 22, the mobility of commuters on Bay Bridge was also affected by a minivan explosion.

The accident transpired at 6:20 a.m. and blocked the three right lanes near the center dock on the upper deck of Bay Bridge.

This has triggered officials to issue a Sig-alert.

The alert was lifted shortly as the roads were cleared at 7:00 a.m.

No injuries were reported from the crash but it has caused inconvenience on the morning commute.

The CHP said that it has created a traffic jam on Interstate 80 heading into San Francisco, as commuters were stretched all the way to Emeryville.

Another accident involving multiple vehicles was recorded last August, CHP records show.

The accident has blocked several eastbound lanes of the Bay Bridge, causing the traffic to back up to the Cesar Chavez on-ramp.

Apart from traffic caused by vehicular accidents, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission also noted that traffic on the Bay Bridge is returning to about 90 percent of the pre-pandemic scenario.

The traffic affecting Interstate 80 and the Bay Bridge can be attributed to returning economic activities.

This can be addressed if people will take public transportation, said Randy Rentschler of Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

“Until that happens, we’re going to see more and more and a building of traffic. You know the metering lights came on a little while ago they’ve stayed on. So the experience that people are having is real,” he said.