A 24-year-old man who was seriously injured in a solo early-morning car crash sustained serious injuries but will survive, according to Palo Alto police.
The man was driving a mid-1990s Ford Mustang and struck a tree and light pole on San Antonio Road in Palo Alto caused a major traffic backup that spilled onto U.S. Highway 101, police Lt. Sandra Brown reported.
The man was unconscious when officers arrived at the scene of the 5:52 a.m. crash, a short distance east of Middlefield Road. He was transported to Stanford Hospital where he was undergoing surgery. Brown said at about 5 p.m. that he was still in surgery but his injuries are not life threatening. He broke an ankle and has facial fractures and some internal injuries, she said.
"He is expected to be in the hospital for at least two months. He is with family," she said.
It is unknown whether rain-slick pavement and fallen leaves may have contributed to the crash, and police aren't sure yet which direction the man was headed on San Antonio when the accident occurred> Police are also looking into whether any other vehicles might have contributed to the accident. The vehicle was found in the westbound lane, Brown said.
Police are still investigating the cause of the crash and it could be another day or two before they determine the cause, according to Brown.
There is no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident, she said. Toxicology tests were taken but results are not yet available.
Westbound lanes were closed until noon today (Friday, Dec. 17). Alternate routes, such as westbound Embarcadero Road, became jammed with traffic after radio-news reports advised them to avoid San Antonio.