PINOLE -- A Richmond man was airlifted to a hospital Thursday morning after a chain-reaction wreck involving two buses and a pickup truck on Interstate 80, the California Highway Patrol said.

The injuries to the 53-year-old truck driver were not life-threatening, CHP Officer Sean Wilkenfeld said. Fire crews needed hydraulic tools to cut him free from the truck, and the CHP shut down three lanes of eastbound I-80 for just over an hour after the 6 a.m. wreck.

The man was taken to John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek.

"They had to cut through the door and all sorts of stuff," Wilkenfeld said.

The crash happened when a full-sized County Connection bus out of Contra Costa County had mechanical issues and stopped in the far left lane of eastbound I-80. A Solano Transit Bus then collided with it, and the white pickup truck ran into the second bus.

Nobody was in the first bus, but three passengers were in the second, Wilkenfeld said. One of them was taken to the hospital with complaints of pain, but the injuries were not believed to be serious.

The three lanes remained closed until just after 7 a.m., and a traffic alert was canceled.

Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rderh.



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