3 injured on I-80

Daily Planet staff
Tuesday June 05, 2001

Three people, who tried to change a flat tire in the left lane of Interstate 80, were sent to the hospital with minor injuries after the car they were driving was rearended by another. 

California Highway Patrol officer Levy Barnes said at 9:15 a.m., the Pontiac Sunbird apparently had a flat tire, which caused the driver to stop on the freeway just north of the Powell Street exit in Emeryville without pulling out of traffic. 

Shortly after the car stopped and the three occupants exited the car to inspect the flat front-left tire, a Ford Arostar ran into the rear of the Sunbird, which in turn pinned the three people against a concrete divider.  

The three people, a woman and two men, who were inspecting the tire were taken to the to the hospital. The woman, who is in her mid-50s has a broken leg, the driver also in his 50s was complaining of chest pains and the other male, in his 40s, had unspecified injuries. The driver of the Arostar was uninjured, Barnes said.