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Fatal Accident: Car Flips Off I-680 Near Willows Shopping Center

CHP confirms 1:03 p.m. accident in Concord was fatal.

updated at 5:25 p.m. with ID of victim

A 45-year-old Amador County man was killed Tuesday afternoon after his car went off the Interstate 680 on-ramp near Willow Pass Road and flipped over.

At 12:56 p.m. Tuesday, the driver, Joseph Conway of Ione, appears to have lost control of the white van before striking a tree, a light pole and getting pinned by his own car, which landed sideways, said Sgt. Franco Dalao, of the California Highway Patrol. The van stopped short of the parking lot, which is next to the on-ramp.

Though it is not clear how and why the driver lost control, Sgt. Dalao said bad weather and speed were likely key factors. An investigation into the cause is under way, he added. Conway was the sole occupant of the van, CHP spokesman Officer John Fransen said.

The CHP, and ConFire personnel on scene all said they are "going from call to call," given the rainy weather and slippery roads. 

"This is a ... good reminder to slow down," said Dalao. "Even at slower speeds we need to be careful in bad weather."

The Willow Pass on-ramp was blocked because of the accident, and re-opened by 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, Fransen said.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report

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The Merry One March 13, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Hope everyone is okay! Drive safe. It's nasty out there.
Darcy Alegre March 14, 2012 at 05:11 PM
If we could all remember you don't always have to get there "on time," or to start out a little earlier, or ignore those phone calls and text messages that come through... everyone in Concord please have a good and safe day.
Adalto Nascimento March 14, 2012 at 08:00 PM
@TMO, unfortunately the driver did not make it. CHP and ConFire confirmed the fatality later that afternoon.
Summer Hemphill March 14, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Ironically I've flipped off several cars on 680 near the Willows Shopping Center just this afternoon !!
Don March 15, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Joe was probably the most cautious driver you would have driven with. Being raised in Alaska had great driving skills. It must have been really bad weather. You will be surely missed my friend see you on the other side save me a chair at the table.
MICHELLE March 16, 2012 at 04:23 PM
JOE, I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS AND MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU, YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. I ARRIVED ON THE SCENE JUST MOMENTS AFTER THE ACCIDENT AND WAS THERE UNTIL THE LAST MOMENT. IT IS BURNED INTO MY BRAIN AND EVERYDAY THAT PASSES MY HUSBAND AND I THINK OF YOU ALL AND SEND UP PRAYERS FOR ALL OF YOU. I WISH IN THAT MOMENT I COULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING THAT WOULD HAVE CHANGED THE OUTCOME OR HELPED THAT POOR YOUNG MAN WHO ARRIVED ON THE SCENE LATER..... AS I SEEN HIM COME UP ALL I WANTED TO DO WAS REACH OUT AND HOLD ON TIGHT TO HIM! GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU AND AGAIN I AM VERY SORRY FOR YOU LOSS. MICHELLE
Trisha Howshall March 16, 2012 at 09:05 PM
My heart aches for the loss of such a great man. Joe was a great guy and his family cared so much about him! May he rest in peace! He is watching down on his family every single day! R.I.P Joe.

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