A man was killed in a car crash on Interstate Highway 80 on Sunday, and a 36-year-old San Pablo man who left his vehicle in order help the man was struck and injured by a passing car, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The crash, which led to two other collisions near the scene, occurred about 5:50 a.m. on westbound Highway 80 at San Pablo Dam Road, CHP said. A 2000 Honda Accord headed to the overcrossing crashed into a pillar near the right-hand shoulder and caught fire, but the driver did not emerge and was later pronounced dead, CHP Officer Sean Wilkenfeld said.
A San Pablo man pulled his vehicle in front of the burning car and used his own fire extinguisher to put out the blaze, Wilkenfeld said. While doing so, he was struck by a passing car and suffered major injuries. He was transported to John Muir Medical Center and is expected to survive. The driver of the car that hit the man remained at the scene.
Another minor crash occurred nearby when a Chevrolet Malibu was rear-ended by a Ford Windstar. That collision was due to the driver of the Chevy slowing down to observe the initial crash scene, Wilkenfeld said.
“This fatal collision scene resulted in two more collisions which may have been prevented had people slowed down when approaching the scene and paid attention to the road ahead instead of looking to see what was occurring at the scene,” the CHP spokesperson said.
Lanes remained closed until about 8 a.m. as officers investigated the crashes.