HAYWARD (CBS SF) — A 57-year-old Hayward woman and a 46-year-old San Lorenzo man were killed in a four-vehicle crash on northbound Interstate Highway 880 in Union City Tuesday night that involved a tour bus and a UPS truck, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The tour bus, which wasn’t carrying any passengers, was traveling north on Highway 880 south of the Whipple Road exit at a speed of 65 mph or faster at about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday when it collided with the rear of a 1997 Lexus, CHP officials said.
The impact pushed the bus forward and on top of the back of the Lexus, and the Lexus was pushed to the left and out of the path of the bus, according to the CHP.
“The tour bus continued on, hitting another vehicle and pushing that vehicle into the back of a semi-truck,” said CHP Officer Manuel Leal.
The bus continued forward and collided with the rear of a 2011 Ford. The bus then pushed the Ford forward into the rear of the UPS truck and the Ford became compressed between the bus and the truck. After that, the tour bus drove on top of the Ford, CHP officials said.
The Hayward woman who was driving the Lexus and the San Lorenzo man who was driving the Ford were pronounced dead at the scene. The Alameda County coroner isn’t yet releasing their names because their families haven’t yet been notified of their deaths.
“Any time there’s a fatal, they’re bad. I can’t say that one is worse than the other,” said Leal. “The loss of life, the amount of people that it impacts and affects, they’re all bad.”
The driver of the UPS truck, a 61-year-old Salinas man, complained of pain in his neck but the tour bus driver, a 29-year-old Oakland man who started the collision, didn’t suffer any injuries, according to the CHP.
Currently, the CHP does not believe alcohol or drugs were involved, but distracted driving has not been ruled out. San Francisco Bus and Limo Service, which owns the tour bus involved in the crash, did not immediately respond to inquiries.
None of the vehicles were carrying passengers.
The collision forced the CHP to close all northbound Highway 880 lanes in the area for about seven hours. They finally reopened at 6:16 a.m. Wednesday.
The CHP said the collision is still under investigation and anyone who was information about it should call their Hayward area office at (510) 489-1500.
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