A man riding a motorcycle was killed Thursday afternoon in Berkeley during a crash on the I-80 freeway, authorities report.
The rider was westbound on I-80 near Gilman Street when the crash happened just before 1:30 p.m., said Officer Adib Zeid, spokesman for the Oakland office of the California Highway Patrol.
Authorities believe the motorcycle rider was splitting between lanes one and two — the far left lane and the one next to it — when he collided with a Mazda in the fast lane.
The rider went down in the roadway and was struck by a tow truck in the number two lane, Zeid said, based on the preliminary investigation.
It is too soon to say whether drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash, CHP Oakland said.
Lanes one and two remained closed as of publication time.
"There is no estimated time to reopen the roadway," according to 511.org. "Motorists are advised to expect delays and to use alternate routes to avoid the area."
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Update: All freeway lanes had reopened as of about 3:30 p.m., the CHP said.
Update, Nov. 18, 1 p.m. The motorcycle rider was identified as 53-year-old Rafael Cubero of Brentwood, the Alameda County coroner's office said Friday.