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LAPD Accident Sends 2 to Hospital

Collision on southbound Foothill Expressway at Arboretum contributes to first day of school traffic snarls.

 

A Los Altos Police car was involved in a two-car accident on Foothill Expressway in south Los Altos shortly before 8 a.m. Monday, sending two people to the hospital.

Lt. Don Morrissey of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office said his staff was called to handle the traffic investigation about 20 minutes later. Los Altos Police was referring all calls to the Sheriff's Office. This is a customary practice, since an agency cannot investigate itself. 

Morrissey said the collision occurred near Arboretum Drive opposite the Woodland Acres neighborhood. A Santa Clara County Fire Department transported two people, one to El Camino Hospital and another to Stanford Hospital on a "Code 2," in which the vehicle uses emergency lights only, no siren.

Morrissey, who said he could not yet release any details about how the accident occurred, said he believed the two individuals transported had already been released from the hospitals.

One motorist, who was heading northbound on Foothill Expressway at the same time, said he pulled over not far from the intersection within view of the Lucky's supermarket when he saw a fire truck in his rearview mirror. He passed by the scene, where a small four-door foreign car was pushed into the left-turn lane, and a Los Altos Patrol car was behind it. 

"It looked really serious," said George Stafford. "It wasn't a little fender-bender. The compact car is really compact now."

"There was significant rear-end damage on the small car and significant front-end damage on the patrol car."

After the first fire engine, a second one arrived, he said. Traffic backed up quickly at that hour. One mother said the road was closed to traffic and she was late getting her child to the first day of school. Montclaire School, about a half mile away in the Cupertino Union School District started school at 8:30 a.m. 

Did you see the accident? Please use the comments section to share more about this incident.

Stephen August 20, 2012 at 10:46 PM
I saw this accident; it was a mid-sized Volvo sedan that was hit -- my thoughts were good thing the car that was rear-ended was a Volvo as this would have been worse had they been in many other vehicles; the trunk of the Volvo was demolished but the safety cage looked largely intact; at least some airbags had deployed...
L.A. Chung (Editor) August 21, 2012 at 01:37 AM
It may be quite a while before I get an official report from the Sheriff's Office, so I"m hoping that those who saw the accident can contribute their observations. I did not know that the airbags deployed, and hearing that it was Volvo explains why the injured were released from the hospital.
Marshall Jackson August 21, 2012 at 03:33 PM
I saw the area shorlty after the accident. The front end of the police car (facing southbound) was badly damaged. I thought the other car was damaged on the driver's side (as if it were T-boned). It ended up against the center island (on the Southbound lanes) There was a lot of glass in the street stretching out over at least 50 feet behind the police car. There was some other debris in the street too. One item looked like a back pack. A sheriffs dept vehicle labeled SUPERVISOR was there and an investigation photographer was taking pictures of both cars and the debris in the street.
L.A. Chung (Editor) August 22, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Thanks for sharing your observations, @Marshall Jackson. Some people said they were tied up for a while getting to school Monday morning.

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