As Wednesday afternoon rush-hour traffic was starting to build on Vasco Road, a four-vehicle accident sent a motorcyclist to the hospital with moderate to major injuries according to an East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) representative.

The rider, who was reported to be a 33-year-old off-duty police officer from Alameda County, suffered several broken bones in the accident. He was flown from the scene by a CALSTAR medical helicopter to the trauma center at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. ECCFPD Capt. Dan Baio said that it is possible that he suffered other internal injuries.

“They’ll have a better idea of the full extent of his injuries once he gets to John Muir,” said Baio.

The accident was reported at 4:22 p.m. and it occurred about three miles south of the intersection with Camino Diablo.

A California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer investigating the incident said that a chain reaction of collisions was likely set off by inattentive driving when traffic moving north on Vasco Road suddenly slowed. According to the officer, a black Hyundai Sonata struck a gray Honda CRV which, in turn, was propelled into a silver Acura TSX.The force of the accident spun several of the cars around and one of the vehicles struck the motorcycle who was riding in the shoulder. The rider told a CHP officer investigating the accident that he had moved into the shoulder in an attempt to avoid the accident.

Three other injuries were initially reported, though all three declined to be transported to a hospital after they were evaluated by paramedics on scene.

Traffic was stopped in both directions as ECCFPD firefighters established a landing zone for the helicopter on Vasco Road. Northbound traffic backed up all the way to Livermore. Southbound traffic was opened one hour after the incident was reported and northbound traffic was moving shortly thereafter.

CHP is investigating the accident. They do not believe that drugs or alcohol played a factor in the incident.

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