Man, 70s, extricated after solo crash in North Berkeley

Police believe he may have had a medical issue while driving.

Man, 70s, extricated after solo crash in North Berkeley
The Berkeley Fire Department had to cut through the roof to extricate the man from his vehicle, which landed on its side. Berkeley Fire

An Albany man was taken to Highland Hospital on Tuesday evening after crashing into a tree in North Berkeley, authorities report.

Police believe he may have suffered a medical issue that caused the crash at 716 The Alameda just before 6:40 p.m., but there has been no final determination.

The Berkeley Fire Department had to cut through the roof to extricate the man from his vehicle, which landed on its side.

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BFD rushed the man to Highland, the regional trauma center, using emergency lights and sirens.

Berkeley police said the man was taken to Highland primarily as a precaution due to his age, based on preliminary information.

Police blocked traffic for a period of time until the crash site could be cleared.

The most recent BPD traffic data showed that vehicle-only injury crashes in Berkeley were up 41% in the second quarter of the year.

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