Car Accident on Highway 101 Slows Afternoon Traffic

A woman lost control of her car and slammed into the center median on Saturday afternoon.

Traffic on southbound Highway 101 was backed up Saturday afternoon, after a woman lost control of her car and slammed into the center median, according to Novato Battalion Chief Mark Heine.

Novato Fire responded to the accident, which occurred just before the Highway 37 interchange, at approximately 11:50 a.m. According to Heine, the driver's tire tread disintegrated while traveling on the freeway, causing the driver to lose control, cross three lanes of traffic and slam head on into the concrete median.

"The crash caused extensive damage to the car," he said in an email.

The driver, who had minor injuries and refused ambulance transport, was able to get out of the car on her own as officials arrived.

"Southbound traffic was backed up for a while until the car could be removed from the highway," Heine said.

Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr September 30, 2012 at 08:12 AM
.....and the brand of the tire is?
Herb Derpman September 30, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Currently the wind speed and dew point is being analyzed - results could take 4-6 weeks.
Lou Judson September 30, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Last year I bought a 2004 van with original Goodyear tires on it. The first one disintegrated on 101 Southbound between Petaluma and Novato in the midafternoon. The White Knight patrol truck saved me - and we discovered that the spare on that van was the wrong size so had ot be towed. The second one broke apart with a full load of our sound equipment near the Petaluma River - after going up the the sierras and back! And at 3AM no less. But in each case, I was able to pull over and stop safely. Disaster anticipation is vitally important to driving anywhere, any time. There's no excuse for not being able to safely stop even if a wheel falls off... Not blaming this driver, but people tend to take driving a biy too cavalierly these days - your life is in danger at every moment, so we should take it seriously!
Brant September 30, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Tires have a limited life. Rubber hardens and cords deteriorate. The last I looked, the recommendation was to replace tires at not more than six year intervals, no matter what tread remained. That is all-the-more important when the vehicle is operated at high speed or with heavy loads. And, of course, the State mandates changing them when remaining tread reaches 2/32".
Abe September 30, 2012 at 06:16 PM
I don't know if this was related to this incident, but an important factor is adequate tire pressure. Check your tire pressure at least monthly. A little higher than recommended is usually OK, but as you loose pressure, the tires can overheat and disintegrate at highway speeds. A $9 tire gauge is a worthy investment for safety.


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