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Car crashes into Mitchell Park Library on Wednesday

Fire Department: Two hospitalized for minor injuries

A vehicle crashed into the Mitchell Park Library in Palo Alto on Wednesday afternoon, causing minor injuries to the driver and passenger and minimal damage to the building, according to the Fire Department.

The Mitchell Park Library is located off Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. Embarcadero Media file photo by Michelle Le.

Emergency responders got a call at 3:22 p.m. on Jan. 18 that a small Kia SUV had hit the library. The driver and occupant were transported to the hospital, but no one else was injured, fire Battalion Chief Shane Yarbrough said.

The firefighters called for an evacuation of the library so that a city building inspector could evaluate the structure's safety, Yarbrough said. The library was evacuated for roughly 45 minutes, between 3:45 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., reopening after the evaluation by building officials was complete, city spokesperson Meghan Horrigan-Taylor said.

The car struck the north facing side of the library, where the Teen Zone is located. The Teen Zone remains closed while interior and exterior repairs are made, Horrigan-Taylor added.

"There is damage, though it is not impacting the structural integrity of the building," she said.

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Library officials didn't return requests for information on Thursday morning.

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Car crashes into Mitchell Park Library on Wednesday

Fire Department: Two hospitalized for minor injuries

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, Jan 19, 2023, 9:57 am
Updated: Fri, Jan 20, 2023, 8:54 am

A vehicle crashed into the Mitchell Park Library in Palo Alto on Wednesday afternoon, causing minor injuries to the driver and passenger and minimal damage to the building, according to the Fire Department.

Emergency responders got a call at 3:22 p.m. on Jan. 18 that a small Kia SUV had hit the library. The driver and occupant were transported to the hospital, but no one else was injured, fire Battalion Chief Shane Yarbrough said.

The firefighters called for an evacuation of the library so that a city building inspector could evaluate the structure's safety, Yarbrough said. The library was evacuated for roughly 45 minutes, between 3:45 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., reopening after the evaluation by building officials was complete, city spokesperson Meghan Horrigan-Taylor said.

The car struck the north facing side of the library, where the Teen Zone is located. The Teen Zone remains closed while interior and exterior repairs are made, Horrigan-Taylor added.

"There is damage, though it is not impacting the structural integrity of the building," she said.

Library officials didn't return requests for information on Thursday morning.

Comments

Manuela
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Esther Clark Park
on Jan 19, 2023 at 11:07 am
Manuela, Esther Clark Park
Registered user
on Jan 19, 2023 at 11:07 am

Is the library able to be open?


Green Gables
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Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 19, 2023 at 12:10 pm
Green Gables, Duveneck/St. Francis
Registered user
on Jan 19, 2023 at 12:10 pm

The article does not say how old the driver is. I'm guessing a person who is 70s, 80s, 90s should have the driver's license removed.


Bystander
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 19, 2023 at 5:10 pm
Bystander, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Jan 19, 2023 at 5:10 pm

The library is a "safe route to school" with many students using the front of the library as a bike highway (often to the consternation of elderly library patrons) as well as an after school hangout. This was prime time for kids to be about.

I think it is a given that we are very lucky that nobody was hurt in this. Pleased that the driver and occupant were not seriously hurt. Pleased that they didn't hurt anyone else.


Mondoman
Registered user
Green Acres
on Jan 19, 2023 at 8:08 pm
Mondoman, Green Acres
Registered user
on Jan 19, 2023 at 8:08 pm

@Green Gables
I could guess someone in their mid-20s texting with equal likelihood of being correct :) Down with ageism, up with facts


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