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Traffic backs up on eastbound Interstate 80 in Fairfield, Friday, after a pair of accidents, one involving a big-rig. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)


Crashes snarl Friday traffic on Interstate 80

By From page A3 | July 26, 2014

FAIRFIELD — It was a busy day for the California Highway Patrol Friday in Fairfield.

In the morning, several lanes of eastbound Interstate 80 were blocked for a half-hour after a pair of crashes scattered debris across the freeway.

The first crash was reported at 10:23 a.m. just west of Suisun Valley Road and involved a big rig, according to the California Highway Patrol website.

A second crash was reported about 10 minutes later, just east of the original crash site. Four of six lanes were either blocked or shut down. Debris was reported across all six lanes.

Minor injuries were reported. Emergency responders reported that at least one person needed to be extricated from a vehicle.

Traffic was reported at a dead stop at 10:48 a.m. and was backed up to the Interstate 680 interchange and beyond.

Authorities at the scene at 10:43 a.m. called for a severe traffic alert to be issued by the regional Transportation Management Center. Enough of the debris had been cleared by 10:50 a.m. that only the two right lanes remained blocked. All lanes were open by 11 a.m.

A multiple vehicle crash on eastbound Interstate 80, just west of North Texas, slowed traffic about 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Witnesses reported a green Honda Accord had passed traffic traveling about 100 miles per hour before the crash.

Traffic was backed up to Air Base Parkway. One lane was blocked by an overturned Jeep and re-opened about 8:46 p.m.

Occupants in two of the vehicles suffered minor injuries.

Amy Maginnis-Honey contributed to this report. Reach Glen Faison at 427-6925 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GlenFaison.

Glen Faison

Glen Faison

Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He previously worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid fan of the NFL's Washington team, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He's a member of the Fairfield-Suisun Twilight Rotary Club and a board member for the Solano County Library Foundation. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.

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  • skJuly 26, 2014 - 7:07 am

    Where do all these people get their drivers licenses from, a Cracker Jacks boz>>>>SCHEEEEEEEEEEEEEESH??? Pay ATTENTION PEOPLE!!!!!!

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  • skJuly 26, 2014 - 7:08 am

    Meant BOX>>LOL. Proof readers, get on the ball :-)

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  • CD BrooksJuly 26, 2014 - 7:34 am

    There really isn't any hope. Driving skills are non-existent and nobody's watching anyway.

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  • Ulises S. GuberJuly 26, 2014 - 10:04 am

    was that green Honda involved in the crash or caused it and did the Honda get away?

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