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Aerial view of the freeway interchange that funnels traffic off the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge collapsed onto another highway ramp in Oakland Sunday after a gasoline tanker truck overturned and caught fire. (Paul Sakuma / AP)
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A CalTrans worker walks beneath a crumbled section of freeway ramp which connects Interstate 80 to Interstate 580 in Oakland, Calif., after a tanker carrying gasoline exploded on Sunday. In the resulting blaze, a section of freeway that funnels traffic onto the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge collapsed. The truck’s driver walked away from the scene and called a taxi, which took him to a nearby hospital with second-degree burns. (Ben Margot, Associated Press)
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Aerial view of freeway interchange that funnels traffic off the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge collapsed onto another highway ramp in Oakland. (Paul Sakuma / AP)
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Officials said the damage to the freeway maze east of the Bay Bridge, which carries 270,000 vehicles to and from San Francisco each day, is being assessed by engineers, but repairs are expected to disrupt traffic this week and probably longer. (Paul Sakuma / AP)
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After the truck carrying 8,600 gallons of gasoline overturned, the fuel ignited and witnesses reported seeing flames shoot more than 250 feet in the air, the California Highway Patrol said. (bryan Carmodi / AP)
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The driver escaped with moderate burns, and there were no other reported injuries in the accident, which occurred in light traffic at about 3:45 a.m., a CHP spokeswoman said. (Paul Sakuma / AP)
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The CHP said intense flames and heat from the fire caused the overhead connector from eastbound Interstate 80 to eastbound 580, which carries traffic from San Francisco into East Bay, to fall onto the interchange. (Paul Sakuma / AP)
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A section of highway lies crumbled in Emeryville, Calif. (Noah Berger, Associated Press)
Freeway Collapses After Tanker Explosion
A man stands near a section of California Interstate 580 after it collapsed from the heat of a tanker truck explosion. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
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