A tow truck driver was seriously injured today on Interstate Highway 680 in Danville when an alleged intoxicated driver plowed into him while he was trying to help a disabled vehicle, California Highway Patrol Officer Steve Creel said.
The crash happened at 12:05 p.m. on southbound Highway 680 south of Sycamore Valley Road, Creel said.
Richard Castro, a 28-year-old Discovery Bay resident who operated a AAA tow truck for Save Tow in San Ramon, was on the side of the highway helping the driver of a disabled Subaru Forester when he saw a two-axel truck coming toward him.
The truck driver, 50-year-old Antioch resident David Gava, veered his truck off the road for an unknown reason and crashed into the Subaru, peeling off the entire left side of the vehicle, and then striking the left side of the tow truck, Creel said.
Castro, who was standing on the left side of the tow truck, saw Gava's truck coming and tried to jump out of the way, but the impact caused him to be either struck or run over by his own vehicle, Creel said.
Castro and Gava both sustained major injuries. The driver of the Subaru was outside the vehicle during the crash and was not injured.
A fourth vehicle, an Acura TL, was also involved in the crash, but CHP officers were still trying to determine which vehicle hit it.
The driver of the Acura sustained minor injuries.
The highway was briefly shut down in both directions to allow a medical helicopter to land. The helicopter transported Castro to John Muir Medical Center in critical condition, Creel said.
A ground ambulance transported Gava and the driver of the Acura to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley. Gava was later transferred to John Muir Medical Center, where he was treated and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The wreckage was cleared and all lanes of the highway were reopened by about 2:45 p.m., Creel said.
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