OAKLAND (CBS SF) – A crash on Interstate Highway 880 in Oakland Thursday night killed a driver and injured his passenger, while the other driver involved was arrested for drunk driving, according to the CHP.

At about 8 p.m., passersby alerted the CHP of the wreck, which prompted the closure of northbound Interstate 880, near the connector ramp to Interstate Highway 80, for nearly three hours, CHP Officer Peter Van Eckhardt said.

Van Eckhardt said that witnesses saw a burgundy 1995 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck flip over on its side while traveling north on I-880 after a silver 2004 Kia Spectra sped through lanes and, in an attempt to connect onto westbound Interstate 80, collided with the truck.

The two occupants inside the truck became trapped after tumbling across the roadway, according to Van Eckhardt.

Van Eckhardt said that emergency personnel were able to dislodge both occupants.

The driver, identified as 26-year-old Alexander Chappell of Richmond, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The coroner’s bureau said he died from blunt trauma to the head.

The passenger was transported to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center with critical injuries but was expected to survive.

Both the driver and passenger were wearing seatbelts, a deputy coroner said.

CHP officers arrested the driver of the Spectra after determining that the motorist was driving under the influence, Van Eckhardt said.

A Sig-alert was issued at approximately 8:10 p.m. and was canceled at 10:25 p.m., Van Eckhardt said.

All lanes of Highway 880 were reopened at about 11 p.m., after Caltrans had finished clearing debris off of the roadway.

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Comments (5)
  1. Bloodhounds says:

    Don’t drink and drive! I’m so sick of drunks and addicts taking other people’s lifes!

  2. Witness to tragedy says:

    I witnessed this accident and It was absolutely horrific. I’ve always driven by these accidents but seeing it first hand is really terrifying. The guy in the Sentra is a drunkin idiot and If his car could have made it, he would have left the scene. He kept driving quite a ways away from where the truck flipped. This just sickens me. My heart goes out to Alexanders family and friends. What a young life wasted for NOTHING. I’m just heartbroken.

    1. Dan J. says:

      To the person who unfortunately had to see that accident. Thank you for posting what you saw. Alex was a friend of mine. Please contact me regarding what you witnessed. There will be a day of reckoning in court which I would very much like you to be available for in the future. Again, thank you.

      1. Nathalie says:

        Alex was my friend too. I just spoke to him the day before this happened. He was an amazing person. Alex I miss you so much. This is a real loss to the world of a talented, intelligent, loving person. Joshua Blackburn of Sacramento, I wish you were the one being cremated tomorrow.
        Dan J. if you hear of any memorial information please reply.

      2. Witness to tragedy says:

        Hi Dan,

        I’m very sorry you had to loose such a dear friend. I’ve thought about Alex everyday and it really broke my heart to see such a terrible thing. It’s something that I will never forget. Such a senseless tragedy.

        About the accident, I spoke to the officer the night it happened but wasn’t in any shape to go into details, just extremely shaken up. I did receive a call from the highway patrol on Saturday which is when I was able to go into the specifics of the accident. I told them exactly what happened….clearly Joshua Blackburn was at fault. He was driving fast and recklessly. He cut across 3 or 4 lanes and clipped Alexs’ truck. It happened so fast. There’s no way Alex would have ever seen this coming. The conversation was recorded so I’m sure it will be used in court. I did tell the officer that I would do whatever they need to help out, including appearing in court.

        Again, I am so sorry for your loss. If you have questions feel free to email me directly. Ericafltn@gmail.com.

        Take care

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