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Crash leaves seatbelted pair hanging upside down

Small car rear-ended by another vehicle while heading south from Oregon Expressway onto Highway 101 Wednesday afternoon

A small car rear-ended at the Oregon Expressway southbound on-ramp onto Highway 101 flipped over shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday, leaving both occupants hanging upside down by their seatbelts.

When fire crews arrived they helped them out of the belts and they crawled out of the car, Suzan Minshall, interim emergency services coordinator for the Fire Department reported.

They had apparent minor injuries, she said. The unidentified pair were examined by Fire Department paramedics, then transported to a local hospital for a more thorough assessment, Minshall reported.

The crash is under investigation and there was no immediate word on the status of the driver of the other car.

-- Palo Alto Online staff

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Posted by HIPPA
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jun 30, 2010 at 9:44 pm

While this is not a direct HIPPA violation, there are certain rules about taking pictures involving a patient when medicine/treatment is involved. Paramedics are on scene and treatment is being performed in this photo. While we cannot see the individuals, I think its very poor taste to show the accident scene with the patients obviously still on scene. I drove past the accident shortly after and there were two individuals walking off the ramp with cameras hanging off their neck/shoulder. They were obviously taking photos for the news and were there long after the fire department and paramedics left. I would have hoped they would have taken the photo after.

But alas, thats asking to much because in this sleepy town we need all the excitement we can get I suppose.

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jun 30, 2010 at 10:05 pm

With every cell phone being able to take pictures, as well as video, get use to it.

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Posted by tame
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 30, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Come on, this photo is tame compared to the news videos we see on TV of people getting shot and killed at point blank range.

Regarding this case, thank god for seat belts. If you're the type who doesn't always use them or doesn't always check to make sure your passengers are using them, you now have a second chance before something like this happens to you. The victims were careful drivers who were doing everything right, when some idiot plowed into them from behind.

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Posted by tame and jerry
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jul 1, 2010 at 12:02 am

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 1, 2010 at 9:23 am

Poor taste. Newsworthy as news, but lurid and excessive when it comes to graphic photos.
Yet with all the exhibitionism, shameless self-promotion particularly people who post ridiculous videos of their kids on youtube, themselves singing poorly, ridiculously staged situations, etc. we are in a society with an apparent thirst for all that - count me out!

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Posted by HIPAA
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 1, 2010 at 10:41 am

That's HIPAA.

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Posted by David
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 1, 2010 at 10:42 am

The photo is totally appropriate for the situation. Perhaps a few non-users will be "driven" by this photo to start employing their seat belts.

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Posted by Get a life
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 1, 2010 at 11:58 am

HIPPA violation?? It would be if you talked about an identified person's medical issues or treatment without them giving you the premission to do so. In the picture (which by the way is credited to Captain Rich Dean of Palo Alto Engine 3) the injured people are not identified and there is do discussion of what the injury or treatment is.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 1, 2010 at 12:13 pm

It's a great picture and totally appropriate. The impact of the photo is that it's related to an accident at a place most of us pass through everyday without thinking about safety. This image should remind everyone that always wearing seat belts while traveling is important.

Thanks to Captain Dean for posting it.

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Posted by Tim
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 1, 2010 at 12:35 pm

HIPPA laws only pertain to medical information.
We all know that Tiger Woods was in the hospital...what we didn't know was his medical issues and treatment. Get it?

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Posted by Ned
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 1, 2010 at 1:41 pm

HIPAA is for medical records, etc...not things that happen in public.

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Posted by Just thinkin'
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 1, 2010 at 3:06 pm

When it comes to privacy - if it takes place in a public place, in full pulbic view, there is no expectation of privacy. There are tons of case law document over decades of suits that have confirmed that in all levels of courts. If your don't want folks to see the mole on your tush, put up a tall fence before dancing naked in your front yard.

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Posted by jb
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jul 1, 2010 at 3:17 pm

We are not safe in the public eye. I know a person whose son died in an accident. She was deeply hurt that the newspaper's picture of the accident was taken with a cloth-covered body in the foreground, a police officer among those in the midground, and finally the damaged car in the background.

The people who love this stuff aren't even smart enough to know they should be embarrased flaunting such taste. They have no idea they could owe anything to the bereaved.

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Posted by Alphonso
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Jul 1, 2010 at 7:31 pm

When I took driver's education at Gunn Mr. Ida, the instructor, presented us with all sorts of graphic pictures of twisted cars and bodies. That made an impression and I have not been in any accidents. More accident pictures should be shown - it might help drivers focus more on what they should be doing.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 1, 2010 at 9:14 pm

What's the objection to this news photograph? Even if the victims were in the stretcher, they are clearly visible from the street. Only when they are inside the ambulance is there an expectation of privacy. It's spot news, although not terribly interesting spot news.

Any photojournalist would have taken this photograph and more. It's up to the editor to decide what to run, not the photographer.

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Posted by midtown mom
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 1, 2010 at 11:38 pm

pretty funny to see a massive discussion on the photo vs the actual news.

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