The first photo is a typical nightmare commute that we Bay Area natives are all too familiar with in our everyday lives. Now lower your gaze to the second photo of the burnt and twisted wreckage of what was once a very prominent overpass connection in the MacArthur Maze. Now go back to the first photo- get the picture? Here is what happened according to various Bay Area news sources.
A early morning tanker truck explosion destroyed the overpass connecting the 580 and 24 freeways. The explosion, fueled by more than 8,000 gallons of gasoline, was said to have produced 2000 degree heat which virtually melted the steel re-bar and cement structure. According to KRON 4 news, the overpass that fell carried traffic from the Bay Bridge onto Interstates 580 & 980 as well as Highway 24.
The good news is that the driver of the tanker survived the crash and due to the early Sunday morning time of the incident, miraculously nobody was hurt or killed. It was just announced that the Bay Area public transportation systems (Bart,Ferry Boats, Buses) will all welcome passengers for Free in their Monday morning commutes.