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Car erupts in flames after rollover crash in Palo Alto Hills

No one found inside the vehicle or neighboring area, battalion chief says

Resident Mark Nadim describes the scene of a car fire in the Palo Alto Hills on Oct. 28. Footage courtesy Mark Nadim.

A driver who missed a turn in the Palo Alto Hills caused their vehicle to roll over and burst into flames on Wednesday night, igniting nearby trees, according to a Palo Alto Fire Department battalion chief.

Resident Mark Nadim, who described the vehicle as a luxury car, said the driver was traveling at high speeds up Alexis Drive just north of Page Mill Road, missed the first turn and flipped over, resting against a tree. The car then burst into flames. A video that Nadim provided shows a large column of smoke and flames. Multiple explosions can be heard as the car's windows blew out.

At 9:18 p.m., the Fire Department responded to a call for a medical emergency related to the crash, which was about a half-mile away from the Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club. The call was upgraded to a fire and a rescue response, Battalion Chief Stephen Lindsey said. No one was found in the vehicle nor in the neighboring area. Police searched down the road looking for the driver, he said.

The fire ignited the surrounding trees and destroyed the vehicle. Firefighters were able to knock down the blaze after about 20 to 30 minutes. It took about two hours overall to extinguish the flames, he said.

Alexis Drive, which is in the Palo Alto Hills neighborhood, is adjacent to an open space area. The fire was "in a good area with greenspace and nest to a manicured lawn," he said.

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Multiple fire vehicles and police officers responded to the scene. Police are investigating the crash, Lindsey said. The Police Department didn't respond to a request for information as of Thursday afternoon.

A gate and vegetation were damaged by a rollover crash and subsequent car fire on Alexis Drive in Palo Alto on Oct. 28. Courtesy Mark Nadim.

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Car erupts in flames after rollover crash in Palo Alto Hills

No one found inside the vehicle or neighboring area, battalion chief says

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, Oct 29, 2020, 5:05 pm

A driver who missed a turn in the Palo Alto Hills caused their vehicle to roll over and burst into flames on Wednesday night, igniting nearby trees, according to a Palo Alto Fire Department battalion chief.

Resident Mark Nadim, who described the vehicle as a luxury car, said the driver was traveling at high speeds up Alexis Drive just north of Page Mill Road, missed the first turn and flipped over, resting against a tree. The car then burst into flames. A video that Nadim provided shows a large column of smoke and flames. Multiple explosions can be heard as the car's windows blew out.

At 9:18 p.m., the Fire Department responded to a call for a medical emergency related to the crash, which was about a half-mile away from the Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club. The call was upgraded to a fire and a rescue response, Battalion Chief Stephen Lindsey said. No one was found in the vehicle nor in the neighboring area. Police searched down the road looking for the driver, he said.

The fire ignited the surrounding trees and destroyed the vehicle. Firefighters were able to knock down the blaze after about 20 to 30 minutes. It took about two hours overall to extinguish the flames, he said.

Alexis Drive, which is in the Palo Alto Hills neighborhood, is adjacent to an open space area. The fire was "in a good area with greenspace and nest to a manicured lawn," he said.

Multiple fire vehicles and police officers responded to the scene. Police are investigating the crash, Lindsey said. The Police Department didn't respond to a request for information as of Thursday afternoon.

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David
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Crescent Park
on Oct 30, 2020 at 12:09 pm
David, Crescent Park
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on Oct 30, 2020 at 12:09 pm
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I am told that the car was a Lamborghini.

I think they will track down the owner.


Lee Forrest
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on Oct 30, 2020 at 2:07 pm
Lee Forrest, Crescent Park
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on Oct 30, 2020 at 2:07 pm
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from the PA Weekly reportage...

>"...the driver was traveling at high speeds up Alexis Drive just north of Page Mill Road, missed the first turn and flipped over, resting against a tree. The car then burst into flames."

^ Just goes to show that some people should not be driving high-powered luxury sports cars they are incapable of operating safely...let alone in a residential area.

>"I am told that the car was a Lamborghini. I think they will track down the owner.

^ So will the auto insurance company...eventually.


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on Oct 30, 2020 at 6:56 pm
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
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Hope the homeowners whose fence and trees were damaged can bill the driver who slunk off.


Jennifer
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on Oct 30, 2020 at 9:53 pm
Jennifer, another community
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He called someone to pick him up or he walked home. He's lucky he was able to walk away.


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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on Oct 31, 2020 at 9:18 am
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
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WOW - note that Page Mill Drive is the route to FHP. It is a very steep road with deep drop-offs and single lanes. Also many turns which are in part blind-sided. Many bicycle people have had big accidents on that road. So just add traffic for FHP now with all types of people trying to navigate that road. Some who can barely drive. Make sure that you have a fire department wing in that area to pick up all of the casualties. And houses next to the steep drop-offs - have insurance when the cars come through your roof.

Suspect that the person was in deer country. Mr. Roadshow - SJM has had a number of articles on what to do when encountering deer and other animals on the highway. Suspect that this person is an example of what not to do when in deer country. Results predictable if the wrong moves made.

And yes - they can trace the car to the owner. Was the owner driving? Maybe the local car thieves were out for a heist and why they were rushing. HUMMM - need follow-up on this mystery.


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on Oct 31, 2020 at 10:53 pm
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Anonymous
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on Nov 1, 2020 at 10:24 pm
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Fascinating!


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