A traffic accident on Interstate 80 west of University Avenue in Berkeley on Thursday morning sent a motorcycle rider to the hospital with major injuries, according to authorities.
At approximately 6:20 a.m., Oakland CHP units responded to a collision on the westbound lanes of I-80 west of University, according to Officer Sean Wilkenfeld, spokesman for CHP Oakland.
Upon arrival, officers found a Harley Davidson motorcycle and a Honda Civic that had been involved in a traffic collision. The rider of the motorcycle, a 39-year-old man from Richmond, sustained major (non-life-threatening) injuries and was taken by ambulance to Highland Hospital, Wilkenfeld said in a statement.
The CHP’s preliminary investigation revealed that the motorcyclist rear-ended the Honda Civic, causing him to be ejected. Two lanes were closed temporarily to conduct the investigation, but have since been re-opened.
The accident was the fourth significant one in the same area within the past week, three of which have involved motorcyclists. On Friday, a man on a motorcycle died after running into a minivan on westbound I-80 near Ashby Avenue. According to the CHP, the collision involved a 2015 Ducati Diavel motorcycle and a 2010 Honda Odyssey minivan. The motorcyclist sustained major injuries and Berkeley Fire Department paramedics performed CPR on the scene, then took the motorcyclist to Highland Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Later that day, a pedestrian was taken to Highland Hospital with major injuries at around 7:30 p.m. after being struck by a vehicle on the Gilman Street off-ramp from westbound I-80.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, there was also a crash last Thursday, Oct. 22, on I-80 near Ashby. That crash involved a motorcyclist and a delivery truck, and closed three lanes of the freeway during rush hour. The extent of the motorcyclist’s injuries were not reported.