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A crash on the San Mateo/Hayward bridge Sunday caused fatal injuries to a motorcyclist who was ejected from his bike and thrown over the bridge railing and into the Bay waters, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP responded to the scene just before 10 a.m. and learned that two motorcycles riding with a group of motorcycles had collided with a BMW that was disabled in the No. 3 lane at the high rise of the bridge.

The group of motorcycles had apparently been riding westbound at an unknown speed. Most of the group were able to switch lanes to avoid colliding with the disabled BMW, but for unknown reasons the last two motorcycles did not and collided with the vehicle, the CHP said.

The motorcyclist who was thrown into the Bay was later recovered by the U.S. Coast Guard. His identity wasn’t immediately available and was listed in an initial accident report as a 34-yearold Sacramento resident. ┬áThe rider and passenger of the second bike, ages 24 and 22 from Modesto, were transported to Stanford Medical Center with major injuries.

The driver and passenger of the disabled BMW were not near the vehicle when the accident occurred, the CHP said.

“It is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were a factor in this collision,” the CHP said, adding that any witnesses are asked to contact Officer David Tran by calling (650) 369-6261.