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The two deputies were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure only, authorities said.

The two Contra Costa County Sheriff's deputies involved in an that left their patrol vehicle upside down on Interstate-680, just north of El Pintado, got out of there with only minor injuries, California Highway Patrol officer John Fransen said.

The deputies, one male and one female, were taken to a local hospital but for precautionary reasons only, he added.

The accident is still pending investigation, but Fransen said that "evasive action" the driver took in order to avoid a collision with the car in front of it lead to the incident.

At 1:52 p.m., the patrol vehicle, he said, was traveling in the lane to the right of the HOV lane at approximately 65 mph when the car in front of it abruptly stopped.

"The driver of the patrol vehicle took evasive action and changed lanes to the (HOV) lane," Fransen said. "Unfortunately the patrol vehicle lost control and traveled across all lanes, from the (HOV) lane onto the dirt embankment where it overturned."

The accident closed all but one lane on northbound I-680, clogging traffic back to Alcosta for nearly two hours after the accident took place.

Traffic was diverted through downtown Danville and cars were "bumper-to-bumper," one Danville Patch reader posted on Danville Patch's Facebook page.

680 driver June 21, 2012 at 07:26 AM
I'm guessing the driver was "distracted", wait... don't they give tickets for that now?
SpicyItalian June 21, 2012 at 04:03 PM
The car in front abruptly stopped? That's unheard of! All of the subsequent actions the cop took to avoid this accident is exactly what the rest of us would have been cited for. Plus, how did he cross several lanes and up an embankment? Did he not have brakes?
Dave Enright June 21, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I love all the haters on this board. I guess you'd all rather have the cop NOT take evasive action and COLLIDE with the car in front which would VERY LIKELY cause injury, or worse, to the passengers inside the car in front? The Deputy, by the article's account, said the driver took evasive action to NOT cause a collision except for the deputy's vehicle that flipped. Bunch of hypocrites you all are. The Deputy that was driving may very well be cited as the article states the crash is still UNDER INVESTIGATION! In any event, I applaud the Deputy for protecting the life of the idiot that slammed on the brakes in front of him/her for no apparent reason. And "SpicyItalian" must have been absent during math and physics class or he/she would know 65 mph in a vehicle that suddenly takes evasive action to the left causing it to colide with the center divider could easily sling shot it across all lanes and into the hillside. Obviously not an educated statement on your part. I'm glad NOBODY was hurt or killed. If the Deputy is found to be at fault and is cited so be it, it's deserved. Regardless he/she drove well enough to not cause a tragedy. A ticket is nothing in comparison to what might have happened.
M.D. Shadow June 21, 2012 at 07:59 PM
I don't think it is a fair statement to call the previous posts " haters". I think we have the right to hold our police officers to a high standard- they are citing us for infractions, after all. That accident happened 10 cars in front of me and i can tell you that sheriff was either tailgating or not looking at the road ahead. There was little to no traffic at that time of day and it happened right out of the blue. It does beg the questions of how fast was he traveling, how close was he to the vehicle in front of him and what was he doing that he didn't have enough time to brake in order to avoid hitting the car in front of him. We, as tax payers, have the right to question since we are the ones paying their salaries and we are also going to be purchasing a brand new sheriff police care.
B June 21, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Come on now, the deputy should not have been traveling so close to the car in front of him/her. If he/she wasn't traveling so close or wasn't distracted there would've been time to stop. The deputy put others in danger by tailgating and/or distracted driving.
Ally Gator June 22, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Dave, are you in law enforcement? You know the rest of us would have gotten a ticket for that. Come on. No need to label people just telling the truth as haters. I'm sorry the officers were injured. I guess they're just human like the rest of us. We imperfect humans can cause accidents. Even law enforcement.
Dave Enright June 23, 2012 at 02:04 AM
I'm not in law enforcement but I wish I had made that my choice years ago before a college sports injury made it impossible. My"hater" comment was a stab at the majority of posters on this site that day in and day out snipe and complain at everything our police and fire guys do; good or bad. The armchair quarterbacks here have no clue what really happened that day as they weren't inside the patrol car but you'll have people like "M.D. Shadow" telling us they "know" what happened inside the patrol car 10 cars behind? Please, give it a rest. Before you slam me for having positive feelings about the men and women that do a job most of US can't, or won't, do read what I posted first. ALL of you read my post but did you comprehend it? Obviously not. I'll reprint the main point here but I won't hold my breath waiting for any apologies. I feel my post was balanced and held the Deputy accountable for his/her actions, or lack thereof. Thank you for all making my point, though. You're all so ready to pile on cops when they make mistakes you pile on those that support them as well without seeing the facts staring at you in the face. Here's what my previous post said: (emphasis added so you all see it this time!) "IF THE DEPUTY IS FOUND TO BE AT FAULT AND IS CITED SO BE IT, IT'S DESERVED. Regardless he/she drove well enough to not cause a tragedy. A ticket is nothing in comparison to what might have happened." Tickets come AFTER someone is found to be at fault. Guess we will see.
Renae Wilber June 23, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Having learned to drive on the icy roads in Alaska, I learned that you should always leave enough room between you and the car in front of you so that if they stop abruptly, you won't rear-end them. You will be prepared. This is also a precaution in case the car behind you can't stop (for icy roads or distraction), you have room to move up. That's just good driving. However, no matter who is right or wrong, accidents happen, even to the best of drivers. Just glad no one was terribly injured.
Bill Sefton June 24, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Abrupt stops are common on this part of 680. I would have been cited for a host of errors; like driving too fast while following too closely. I've seen police officers do all kinds of crazy things, like suddenly making a u-turn across four lanes in front of Costco without so much as a courtesy turn signal or their red lights flashing. Like we calm drivers are supposed to anticipate their sudden unexpected moves and lane-changes..


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