UPDATE: OK, I talked to Fremont Battalion Chief Rich Dickinson. He said that a 22-year-old man had paid his toll and was heading westbound toward the Dumbarton Bridge, when he made a right turn and drove full-speed off the bridge and into the Bay. He actually landed in a tidal pool 35 feet from the shore, so the water was only waist-deep and the car was only partially submerged.
An off-duty firefighter saw what happened, parked his car, and went into the water to see if the driver was OK, Dickinson said. However, the driver, who was inside the car gripping a screwdriver, wasn’t cooperative. So three Fremont firefighters went into the water after him. The driver stopped being difficult and was taken to an area hospital, Dickinson said.
The driver appeared to be either drunk or under the influence of some Drug, the battalion chief added. Firefighters think he was trying to kill himself.
There is no guard raid where the man drove off the road. It wasn’t far from the KGO Radio tower.
It appears that a car has driven into some kind of basin of water just south of the Dumbarton Bridge. Fremont authorities are readying their rescue boat. They’re staging the rescue operations from the the intersection of Paseo and Thornton.
Two people have gotten out of the car and are wading in the waist-deep water. Sounds like they’re damp, but ok
Our photographer is heading over there. I’m going to stay here and listen to my girl band of the early 80s.