No injuries in rollover crashes in Palo Alto

Crash at Middlefield Road and Lytton Avenue being investigated after occupants extricated

Palo Alto police are investigating the cause of a rollover crash shortly about 5:20 p.m. Monday (Nov. 15) that left an older couple trapped inside the car.

The occupants were not injured, contrary to initial reports, Battalion Chief Niles Broussard of the Palo Alto Fire Department reported.

At about the same time, a separate rollover accident was reported on Alma Street, but there were no injuries and Fire Department responders were canceled en route, according to Roger Bloom, assistant fire chief for operations.

Broussard said it appears that the Russian-speaking couple lost control of their small Toyota Echo, which flipped on its side. They were still belted into their seats when firefighters arrived, he said.

They were uninjured and declined transport to Stanford Hospital, he said.


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Posted by 2 rollovers
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 15, 2010 at 11:03 pm

One rollover crash happened when an elderly driver lost control of his car. How did the other rollover crash happen? A rollover is a pretty extreme kind of crash.

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Posted by rollovers happen
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 16, 2010 at 11:39 am

probably excessive speed. or an under-inflated tire.
or talking on the cellphone, or texting, or posting to Town Square.

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Posted by Midtowner
a resident of El Carmelo School
on Nov 17, 2010 at 10:29 am

Last comment doesn't make much sense, since elderly foreign drivers are unlikely to be engaged in any of the above-mentioned activities. Underinflated tire or possible health problem are possible causes.

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Posted by confused
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 17, 2010 at 10:34 am

The police report says the driver got confused at the intersection of University and Middlefield and turned into a tree instead of into the cross street.

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