December 9, 1990 |
A man who claimed God told him he could drive through cars with his flatbed truck collided with 18 vehicles and injured about 12 people Saturday on the Nimitz Freeway, authorities said. A two- to three-mile section of highway was littered with dented vehicles before Emmett Wheat, 47, hit the center divider with his truck. An 8-year-old girl suffered the most serious injuries when she was thrown from her mother's van when it was struck.
October 18, 1990 |
Jim Roberts, a gruff-talking engineer who is happiest poring over bridge designs and calculating stress and load factors, has been thrust by the Loma Prieta earthquake into the unlikely role of an international celebrity. Since the Oct.
June 1, 1990 |
Caltrans would have known that the Nimitz Freeway was likely to collapse in a major earthquake if the department had performed a comprehensive seismic study of the double-decked highway, an independent investigation of the disaster concluded Thursday. But with funds short and priorities placed elsewhere, the state transportation department never ordered such a study, dooming the Nimitz to collapse in the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that shook the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct.
January 3, 1990 |
Engineering tests on a still-standing segment of the Nimitz Freeway in Oakland have confirmed that a relatively simple strengthening of a mile-long elevated section could have prevented its collapse in the Oct. 17 Bay Area earthquake, Caltrans officials said Tuesday.
December 25, 1989 |
There were just a few days left until Christmas, but Broadway was eerily quiet. Foggy sidewalks that should have been bustling with holiday shoppers were nearly deserted because the Emporium, Oakland's biggest department store before the October earthquake, was dark. And in West Oakland, the city's oldest and poorest neighborhood, a pair of shivering security guards stood watch at the last surviving piece of the tragic Nimitz Freeway collapse.
December 17, 1989 |
Earthquake victim Julio Berumen, 6, a survivor of the Cypress Freeway collapse, was home in Richmond from the hospital sporting a green satin Oakland A's jacket given him by pitcher Dave Stewart. Julio was released from Children's Hospital in Oakland Friday, delaying his departure long enough to meet Stewart, his baseball hero, who showed up at a playroom to give out autographed caps and pictures. Stewart then gave Julio his own team jacket. Julio made headlines after the Oct.