California Highway Patrol Headlines

  • Mystery in Pescadero: SUV found down a cliff, but where’s the driver?

    A mangled SUV was found on its roof early Thursday on the sand north of Pescadero State Beach in San Mateo County, having apparently tumbled off a Highway 1 cliff and down a hill strewn with boulders. But when California Highway Patrol officers arrived, the burgundy vehicle was empty, and the driver who took the plunge - if there was one - was nowhere to be found, according to officials. They said they don't know who owns the car or what happened. ...

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  • Nude cyclist spotted on Highway 101 in San Jose

    It's nearly impossible to avoid encountering the occasional nude man in public while living in the Bay Area, but still, it's not every day that a stark naked cyclist blazes past you on the highway. Yet that was the rush hour spectacle that greeted a number of commuters on Wednesday morning on Highway 101 in San Jose, around 9:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. "Dispatch was getting a lot of calls," said Officer Ross Lee of the CHP's San Jose Office. Multiple 911 callers...

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  • San Joaquin County teen admits setting fire that snarled Altamont Pass traffic

    A grass fire that burned nearly 500 acres on both sides of Interstate 580 in the Altamont Pass and created hours of traffic gridlock Sunday evening was caused by a "safe and sane" firework set off by a 17-year-old boy who felt so guilty about what he had done that he called police and confessed, according to Alameda County officials. The boy, a Manteca (San Joaquin County) resident, was driving over the Altamont Pass with friends Sunday evening when their car started to...

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  • Kaiser campus in Santa Rosa evacuated, Highway 101 closed

    The entire north campus of Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa was evacuated Wednesday afternoon after a traffic accident involving an oxygen tanker truck, authorities said. The Santa Rosa Police Department issued an emergency alert at 3:03 p.m. to avoid the area of 3925 Old Redwood Highway, which is the site of Kaiser's north campus, as well as the surrounding area. Santa Rosa Fire Department authorities called the scene a hazardous material incident, and said it drew responders...

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  • Dense fog spurs traffic advisory on Golden Gate Bridge

    A traffic advisory was issued early Wednesday for the Golden Gate Bridge due to dense fog, officials said. The heavy mist was impacting early morning commuters on the Golden Gate Bridge in both northbound and southbound lanes, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. The Highway 101 fog advisory was issued as early as 8 p.m. Tuesday by the California Highway Patrol. When fog is particularly thick, it can be dangerous for drivers...

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  • Plane crashes near Truckee, ‘lots of emergency personnel on scene’

    A plane crashed Tuesday morning in a meadow near California State Route 267 between Truckee and Northstar California Resort, causing major traffic slowdowns, officials said. The pilot called air traffic control at about 7:35 a.m. Tuesday saying there was engine trouble, said Officer Pete Mann, a spokesman with California Highway Patrol in Truckee. The pilot was attempting to make it back to the airport but lost contact with air traffic control at 7:36 a.m., Mann said. ...

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  • Fiery big rig crash causes severe traffic on highways 101, 92

    All lanes of the northbound Highway 101 connection to Highway 92 East in San Mateo are closed Tuesday morning after a fiery collision involving an overturned big rig late Monday. California Highway Patrol officials have issued a severe traffic alert, and the connector ramp between 101 North and 92 East will be closed until 8 a.m., officials estimated. Police departments for Foster City and San Mateo also responded, according to the incident log. ...

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  • Missing Oregon woman survived on water from radiator at bottom of Big Sur cliff

    Angela Hernandez sat injured and dazed for seven days on a small craggy beach at the bottom of a cliff along central California's picturesque coastline, surviving on water from her wrecked Jeep's radiator, anxiously hoping someone would find her. Help came on Friday when a pair of hikers spotted the missing 23-year-old Oregon woman calling for help from the remote Monterey County beach in Big Sur after she vanished the prior Friday while driving from Portland to her sister's...

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  • State Controller Yee injured in Alameda collision

    State Controller Betty Yee was injured Friday by a suspected impaired driver in a collision in Alameda, the California Highway Patrol said. Yee and her husband were passengers in an unmarked car being driven by a CHP officer around 3:25 p.m. near the Posey Tube and Marina Village Parkway. The car was struck from behind by a sedan driven by Aaron Ba Sean George, 25, the CHP said in a statement. Yee, her husband and the CHP officer suffered non-life-threatening...

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  • Missing Oregon woman found alive, taken to hospital after deputies respond to Jeep over Highway 1 cliff

    The 23-year-old Oregon woman who was last seen south of Half Moon Bay last week was found injured but alive by a pair of passersby Friday night and taken to a hospital after her Jeep went over a cliff near Big Sur, officials said. A man and woman walking near Highway 1 in an unincorporated area of Monterey County found the missing woman with an injured shoulder Friday evening and called for help, said Monterey County Sheriff's Commander John Thornburg. Just...

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  • Motorcycle crash near Bay Bridge blocks lane, causes delays

    A collision involving a sedan and motorcycle Thursday morning caused one lane to shut down on Interstate 80 toward San Francisco, authorities said. A black Chevy Impala and blue motorcycle crashed about 8:40 a.m. on the interstate near the Fremont Street off-ramp in San Francisco, according to the California Highway Patrol. One westbound lane was blocked as crews cleared the roadway of the motorcycle, the CHP said. There was no estimated time on...

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  • Motorcycle crash near Bay Bridge blocks lane, causes delays

    A collision involving a sedan and motorcycle Thursday morning caused one lane to shut down on Interstate 80 toward San Francisco, authorities said. A black Chevy Impala and blue motorcycle crashed about 8:40 a.m. on the interstate near the Fremont Street off-ramp in San Francisco, according to the California Highway Patrol. One westbound lane was blocked as crews cleared the roadway of the motorcycle, the CHP said. There was no estimated time on...

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  • Man dies jumping from waterfall in Northern California

    The Shasta County Sheriff's office says a man fell to his death jumping off Burney Falls Friday.

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  • He tried to use his burning car to light a cigarette, witnesses say. Now he's been arrested for DUI

    A man tried to light his cigarette with the flames issuing from his burning sedan after rear-ending an SUV westbound on the I-80 south of Antelope Road, according to the California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information Page.

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  • Motorcycle crash closes eastbound I-80 at Carquinez Bridge

    A motorcycle crash at the toll plaza of the Carquinez Bridge in Vallejo snarled east-bound traffic on Interstate 80 Sunday afternoon and sent the motorcyclist to a local hospital. At 4:27 p.m., a motorcyclist crashed into either the plaza itself or one of the sand barrels positioned there, according to Officer James Evans with the California Highway Patrol. The cyclist had to be airlifted to a hospital. The investigation into the accident shut down six lanes of traffic at the...

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  • Firefighters battle Klamathon blaze amid fierce start to fire season

    The deadly Klamathon Fire burning near the Oregon border continued to devour acreage through the weekend, tearing through 30,500 acres by Sunday and threatening hundreds of homes as well as livestock and wildlife areas in rural northern counties, fire officials said. The fire was 25 percent contained Sunday but continued to spread into the Klamath National Forest, Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife Area and private timber lands. Erratic winds and dry vegetation are driving the fire's...

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