41-Year-Old Woman Fatally Injured in Fall Accident near Interstate 880
OAKLAND, CA (May 9, 2018) – On Wednesday evening, a woman involved in a traffic collision lost her life after climbing over a wall and falling off a freeway ramp at least 30 feet above the ground. She was identified as 41-year-old Melody Mendenhall of Alameda.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the collision happened around 8:45 PM. At least two vehicles were involved in a crash on the westbound Interstate 80 transition ramp to the southbound Interstate 880.
For unknown reasons, Mendenhall got out of her wrecked car, climbed over a nearby wall, and fell to the dirt road more than 30 feet down. Upon locating Mendenhall, officers rushed to perform life-saving attempts on her. The Oakland Fire Department arrived to provide additional support, but she succumbed to her injuries at around 9:13 PM.
Areas affected by the accident were temporarily shut down, resulting in a sig-alert issued at 8:58 PM. Blocked lanes later reopened to the public after approximately 90 minutes. Investigators are still trying to find out what might have caused Mendenhall to climb over the wall.
Details about the initial traffic collision and the people involved were not immediately available.
Heartfelt condolences to the family and friends left behind by Melody Mendenhall. We wish them courage and comfort during this trying time. May she rest in peace.
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