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Two More Crashes on San Pablo Dam Road

Black ice was a factor in Monday non-injury accidents, CHP reports; at least four crashes along the stretch near San Pablo Reservoir in the last five days.

San Pablo Dam Road between Orinda and El Sobrante was the site of two more accidents Monday morning.

There have been at least four such accidents in the last week — including a fatal two-vehicle collision on Wednesday, Dec. 26 — in which speed may have played a role.

On Monday morning, black ice may have contributed to the accidents. The initial crash was reported shortly before 6:15 a.m. on San Pablo Dam Road near Inspiration Point Trail and another crash was later reported about 100 feet south while authorities responded to the first collision. CHP Officer Scott Cakebread said no injuries were reported in either crash.

San Pablo Dam Road was closed for a time Monday morning because of the crashes, Cakebread said.

At 7:50 a.m.  Saturday, Dec. 29, minor injuries were reported when a solo vehicle went off San Pablo Dam Road into the trees just south of Try Lane, the CHP reported.

On which came to rest 10 feet east of the road. The driver, Linden Hynes, 50, of Richmond, died along with a dog in the Passat with her. The driver of the Trailblazer, an El Sobrante resident, was taken to the hospital with a broken arm and broken wrist.

In the comment stream of the Patch article about that collision, Patch reader JC wrote: "This road needs to be more heavily patrolled by police. I live off of this road and every day people drive 15-20 mph over the speed limit. They oftentimes pass other drivers using the opposite lane, they don't turn their headlights on at dusk or other times of low visibility. We're talking about an unlit two lane, winding stretch of mountain road. The morning commute traveling southbound is insane...people treat it like it's the autobahn. I'm so sad and sorry that someone had to lose their life because of another negligent driver."

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

Richard Worthington January 01, 2013 at 12:49 AM
A much larger police presence is definitely needed on a daily basis here !
Richard Worthington January 01, 2013 at 12:50 AM
They're definitely needs to be a much larger police presence on this road on a daily basis. This road is infamous for cars passing when it is much too dangerous to do so. In for a road that is heavily traveled every day, you would think it would be a picture please present here. I travel daily and I rarely see an officer on this road.

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