The driver of a vehicle involved in a solo collision on westbound Interstate Highway 80 in San Francisco early this morning was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, a California Highway Patrol officer said.
The CHP received a report of the collision on westbound I-80 near the Division Street off-ramp at 12:55 a.m., CHP Officer Ralph Caggiano said.
The driver of a Buick Century apparently struck the sand-filled barrels that separate the off-ramp from traffic, and Caggiano estimated that the collision took out a dozen barrels that form the safety barrier.
Caggiano said the CHP did not yet have an idea of how fast the car was traveling at the time of impact.
The driver, who sustained major injuries from the collision, was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, Caggiano said.
Officer Peter Van Eckhardt said that the driver was arrested at the hospital on suspicion of DUI.
Several lanes of traffic on westbound I-80 and the Division Street off-ramp were closed as a result of the accident.
As of 2:30 a.m., the two right lanes and the off-ramp remained blocked, but Van Eckhardt estimated that those lanes and the ramp would re-open before 3 a.m.
The left lane of traffic remained open while Caltrans crews worked to clean up the sand, barrels, and debris from the roadway, Caggiano said.