A man and woman in their late 70s remained in critical condition at Stanford Hospital Tuesday (Dec. 28) after their vehicle crashed into a tree along Foothill Expressway Monday morning, police reported.
The crash was reported at 10:27 a.m., approximately 100 feet south of Page Mill Road in Palo Alto and caused the closure of southbound lanes on Foothill.
Fire personnel extracted the female driver from the vehicle, Palo Alto Police Agent Kara Salazar said.
The driver drifted from the number two southbound (right) lane into the number one southbound (left) lane, colliding with another vehicle, according to witnesses. The female driver's gray Toyota Avalon sedan rebounded from the initial crash and exited off the right-hand shoulder of the roadway, striking the tree head-on.
It took Palo Alto fire personnel approximately 40 minutes to free both occupants from the vehicle using the Jaws of Life, according to Salazar.
The Palo Alto Police Department STAR Team is investigating the crash. Anyone who might have witnessed the collision is asked to contact the police department at 650-329-2413.