Stanford Avenue crash hampers rush-hour traffic


A two-vehicle head-on crash snarled traffic during rush hour on Wednesday (March 30) morning at Stanford Avenue and El Camino Real.

Two drivers trying to maneuver around road barriers at a construction site on the corner smashed into each other, injuring a 71-year-old female driver, a Palo Alto Fire Department spokesman said.

One vehicle tried to make a right turn from El Camino and the other attempted to make a left turn from Stanford Avenue when the two collided.

A red four-door Kia sedan at the scene had a smashed-in front end.

The 71-year-old woman complained of chest pains caused by the sudden constriction of her seat belt and was transported to Stanford Hospital, the fire department spokesman said.

The vehicles were cleared from the roadway by 9:30 a.m.

— Palo Alto Online staff

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Posted by ban right turns on red lights
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 30, 2011 at 1:15 pm

What percentage of car crashes (including fatalities) in Palo Alto are caused by people making right turns on red lights? If the city can't ban those turns all the time, at least ban them in construction zones.

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Posted by Driver
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 30, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Was there a flagman at the construction site? If not, why not? Visibility at construction sites can be very poor.

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Posted by Sonny
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 30, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Does the city have full time inspectors on the job? If not, why? Where is the city oversight? Someone should be held accountable for this breach of safety in a city construction zone. The California Ave project will be the next debacle. It's called poor project management.

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Posted by jammed
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Mar 30, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Sorry about this crash but there was something HUGE on 101 yesterday at University Ave. I got off at the exit before but the traffic was backed up for miles. All the side streets were backed up too. Why was nothing reported on this incident?

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