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San Francisco: Motorcyclist killed on Bay Bridge amid wrong-way swarm

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OAKLAND — A 20-year-old man was killed in a crash Sunday on the Bay Bridge after a crowd of motorcyclists drove the fallacious means on the span in an obvious try and elude officers, the California Freeway Patrol stated.

The accident adopted experiences Sunday afternoon that a number of hundred motorcyclists had been “operating amok” on the bridge and in San Francisco, CHP SF Public Info Officer Mark Andrews stated.

The crash was reported simply after 5 p.m., authorities stated. As a big group of motorcyclists swarmed over the bridge, splitting lanes of site visitors, a bunch of about 15 cut up off and entered the Bay Bridge heading east. Once they noticed CHP patrols set as much as deter stunts andf different sideshow exercise, they rotated, going the fallacious route — westbound on the decrease deck, which has eastbound lanes.

As soon as the group reached San Francisco, they exited on the Sterling Road and Fourth Road ramps, traversed metropolis streets and re-entered the bridge the fallacious means on the Fremont Road onramp, heading east on the higher deck.

A CHP try and divert the group onto the Treasure Island ramp was unsuccessful, and the motorcyclists reached the brand new japanese span of the bridge. One bike owner crashed his grime bike close to the incline part, the CHP stated.

That driver fled on foot, then was picked up as a passenger on one other bike. Because the bike took off within the fallacious route of site visitors, the motive force went over a median wall close to the Treasure Island exit, crashing and throwing the passenger into bridge lanes, the place he was struck and killed.

The grime bike’s driver, who was injured when he hit the median, was arrested, Andrews stated. The passenger was pronounced lifeless on the scene. His identification and metropolis of residence weren’t launched.

CHP officers issued numerous site visitors alerts all through the night as they labored the scene. All lanes reopened to site visitors simply earlier than 9:10 p.m.

Bay Metropolis Information Service contributed to this report. Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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