Two Drivers Killed in Fatal Three-Vehicle Accident in Contra Costa County

CROCKETT, CA (March 22, 2022) – Early Sunday morning, Madyson James and Ruiju Ma were killed in a fiery wrong-way collision on Interstate 80.

The incident occurred around 3:41 a.m., on the eastbound lanes of I-80 near the Carquinez Bridge.

According to reports, the driver of a Honda SUV was heading west in the eastbound lanes. As a result, the Honda collided head-on with an oncoming Tesla.

Upon impact, the Tesla overturned, trapping the driver inside. Amidst the chaos, the Honda landed on top of the Tesla, causing major damage to both vehicles. Shortly after, the driver of a Toyota Camry crashed into both vehicles, igniting a fire.

Eventually, medics pronounced both the Honda and Tesla drivers dead at the scene. Meanwhile, the Toyota driver sustained minor injuries.

The crash blocked all eastbound lanes for several hours while the officers investigated the scene, but they reopened around 7:36 a.m.

As of the time, it is unknown if drugs or alcohol played a factor in the crash. An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash continues.


The team at Sweet James sends out their heartfelt sympathies to the friends and family of Madyson James and Ruiju Ma who are grieving over the loss of their loved ones.


The sudden loss of a loved one is an extremely difficult time for the surviving family. Let Sweet James help you in this trying time. They are here to provide you with unmatched legal representation. Their attorneys will fight to hold the responsible party accountable and help you receive fair compensation. Call their office today for a free consultation at (800) 975-3435. They are also available by email, online chat, and text message. Click here to request a police report.

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