Multivehicle collision occurs Wednesday at intersection of Shattuck Avenue and Dwight Way


A traffic collision involving multiple vehicles occurred Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Shattuck Avenue and Dwight Way, according to an email from Berkeley Police Department spokesperson Officer Byron White.

An 81-year-old male driver lost control of his vehicle, a BMW, most likely because of a medical emergency, White said in the email. The driver collided with a Honda at Shattuck Avenue and Channing Way, veered into the northbound lanes of Shattuck Avenue while driving southbound and then “ran head-on” into a Toyota, according to White’s email.

Officers responded to the collision at 4:10 pm, according to White’s email.

Three people involved in the collision — the driver and the occupants of the Toyota — were taken to local hospitals but are in stable condition, White added in the email.

“All individuals involved were cooperative and officers determined that the collisions likely occurred because of a medical emergency of the 81 year old driver,” White said in the email.

Traffic was diverted for 40 minutes after the crash, according to Berkeleyside.

A bystander who arrived on the scene after the accident livestreamed a YouTube video about 4:30 p.m., in which first responders can be seen already on the scene.

“If it was a fender-bender, I probably would have just rode by, but this is more serious,” the bystander said in the video.

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Danielle Kaye is an assistant news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @danielledkaye.