Two dead in fiery single-vehicle crash on I-80 in San Pablo

Two people died in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 in San Pablo on Friday afternoon, California Highway Patrol officials said.

CHP’s dispatch center received multiple calls reporting a crash on westbound Interstate 80 at San Pablo Dam Road at 5:52 p.m. Friday, CHP Officer Damian Cistaro told The Chronicle.

Motorists on I-80 pulled over and worked together to pull a person out of the burning Kia sedan, according to a video shared on Twitter. One woman begged for a crowbar, another person appeared to use a saw to cut through the vehicle, and another swung a long, blunt object at the vehicle.

“Break the window! Break the window!” the person videoing the scene said, joining others in the same plea.

Another video shows a group of people surrounding a person who appeared to be pulled from the vehicle. Several feet away, the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames.

CHP spokesman Sean Layton told The Chronicle that the person who was pulled out by other motorists was taken to Highland Hospital, where they were declared dead. The other occupant died at the scene, Layton said.

Layton said a preliminary investigation shows the vehicle was traveling in the number four lane when, for unknown reasons, it left the roadway and crashed into a concrete wall that supports the over-crossing.

Officers responded to the scene and found a fully-engulfed vehicle, Cistaro said.

All but one lane was closed for three hours while officers investigated at the scene, Layton said. All lanes reopened at 9:05 p.m., CHP officials said.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident should call CHP’s Oakland office at 510-457-2875.

Lauren Hernandez is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @ByLHernandez

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