Two-vehicle collision reported near Embarcadero Road

Two sedans hit each other not far from Town & Country Village

Two vehicles collided into each other near Town & Country Village in Palo Alto this afternoon, which has blocked off a section of the roadway, police said.

Officers responded to a report of a collision in the area of Alma Street and Kingsley Avenue, south of Embarcadero Road, shortly after 12:30 p.m., police Sgt. David Lee said.

Officers found two sedans at the intersection, which has blocked northbound Alma Street south of Kingsley Avenue, Lee said. The roadway was estimated to reopen by about 2 p.m., he said.

One of the sedans was silver, had front-end damage and the airbags were deployed.

Lee didn't have information on the circumstances prior to the collision, damage the vehicles sustained or whether there were were any injuries.

One person was transported to a hospital for minor injuries, Deputy Fire Chief Catherine Capriles said. Fire crews who responded to the scene have since left as of 2 p.m.


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8 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 19, 2017 at 3:27 pm

While Town & Country is physically close to Alma & Kingsley, shopping center traffic does not exit on to either of those streets. More useful would be to say the collision is a block away from Castilleja School.

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Posted by Dangerous Botts Dots there
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 19, 2017 at 3:46 pm

@resident is correct. Why the city put the giant Botts Dots at the Embarcadero / Kingsley ramp heading to Alma is unclear because they cause cars to swerve back into traffic to avoid them and serve no obvious purpose.

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Posted by HMMM
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 19, 2017 at 3:54 pm

The accident was northbound on Alma, just as two lanes merge to one to cross the bridge. I drive Alma almost every day. It's rare to see anyone obeying the posted speed limits.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 19, 2017 at 8:38 pm

Looks like left-turner from Alma to Kingsley vs northbound Alma.

Ambiguous whether there are 2 northbound lanes at that location.
That's where two northbound lanes merge into one, or where anyone
still to the right on Alma may be turning right onto Kingsley.
It would help if all drivers signaled their intention.

The "Through Traffic Merge Left" sign is 300 feet before that intersection.
Some merge at that point and the left lane often slows to a stop-and-go pace.
While others pass on the right and don't merge until just before the bridge.

When the left northbound lane is stop-and-go, a well-meaning driver may pause
to leave a courteous gap for a southbound left-turner onto Kingsley.
An unfamiliar southbound driver is surprised to be turning across 2 northbound lanes
where the markings indicate only one northbound lane.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2017 at 8:57 pm

If this is where the road narrows at the bridge, then I am not too surprised. I have often seen aggressive drivers behaving badly at this impediment. There are always people who will not give way or who think that getting one car ahead will make them get where they are going quicker.

It is a difficult piece of roadway to navigate for those who are unfamiliar with the area.

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