RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — Authorities suspect road rage is to blame for a fatal crash on westbound Interstate 80 in Richmond that snarled the morning commute.
The crash occurred around 5:40 a.m. Wednesday. California Highway Patrol Officer Sam Morgan says the driver of a van was purposely tapping his brakes to force the pickup behind him to slow down when the two vehicles collided.
The van’s driver, described only as a man in his 60s, lost control and rolled over multiple times, landing in the middle of the freeway. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The pickup’s driver and passenger were not seriously injured. Morgan said no citations have been issued so far nor have any arrests been made.
Three lanes of the highway were closed at one point. The road fully reopened around 8 a.m.
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