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(Pinole Police Department)

PINOLE -- Two Concord men walked away with minimal injuries after the vehicle in which they were riding crashed through a guard rail, plunged off a freeway overpass and landed on its roof on westbound Interstate 80 early Monday, police said.

One of the men, a 20-year-old male driver from Concord, was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence, police said. An initial investigation revealed that the man appeared to be driving a Dodge Durango too fast around a curve while going south on Appian Way, and after overcompensating, crashed through the barrier on the overpass, police said.

The SUV fell approximately 25 feet and landed on its roof, causing the passenger compartment to collapse partially. But the driver and his passenger, a 20-year-old man from Concord, exited the vehicle without assistance and were treated at the scene, Batallion Chief Brian Lowry of Pinole-Hercules Fire said.

Police did not identify either man.

The Nos. 3 and 4 lanes of Interstate 80 were blocked for several hours while rescuers worked the scene, which was cleared before the morning commute.

Rick Hurd covers breaking news. Contact him at 925-945-4780 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.



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