OAKLAND -- A man was injured Friday afternoon in West Oakland after his car, which may have been speeding, hit an SUV, struck a center median and a traffic signal pole, became airborne and landed on its roof, police said.

The occupants of the SUV were not injured.

The wreck happened just before 1 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Northgate Avenue and 27th Street.

Police suspect the driver of a Pontiac Grand Am may have been speeding coming off Interstate 980 onto the southbound lanes of Northgate. The car hit a median and traffic light pole causing it to go airborne before it struck a Buick Rendezvous that was going eastbound on 27th Street.

The Pontiac ended up on its roof in the middle of 27th Street. The driver was taken by ambulance to a hospital where the extent of his injuries was not immediately known.

Police said the Pontiac driver claimed his car was hit by a beer truck before the wreck, but that could not be substantiated.

The eastbound lanes of 27th Street were shut down for more than an hour while police investigated, causing some traffic congestion.



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