Mountain View police say an "extremely horrific" single-car accident killed the driver of a Volvo after it smashed into seven trees on West Middlefield Road early Sunday morning.
Police were notified at 2:32 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 21 that an eastbound vehicle had crashed into a tree on West Middlefield between Linda Vista and San Veron avenues, according to police spokesperson Liz Wylie.
"When we got there, the tree and the vehicle were engulfed in flames," she said. "Officers attempted to try to find a way into the vehicle to get the trapped driver out, but the vehicle had substantial damage and there was a lot of debris on top of it."
The driver, who has not yet been identified, "sustained massive injuries and burns" and was pronounced dead at the scene, Wylie said. Fire crews were called to put out the burning vehicle and a tree that had caught fire.
Wylie said the vehicle, a 2001 Volvo S80, was destroyed beyond recognition. She said it hit six trees along the roadway, knocking several down completely, before coming to rest against a large redwood tree, 65 inches in circumference. Another, slightly smaller redwood was knocked down and snapped in half, Wylie said.
"Hitting a tree cuts through the car like a knife, so hitting seven of them of varying sizes — it completely destroys the car," Wylie said. "From certain angles it is literally unrecognizable."
Middlefield Road was blocked off until 11 a.m. Sunday due to the crash. Wylie said that although police believe speed was a factor, they do not yet have an estimate on how fast the driver might have been traveling. The speed limit where the crash occurred is 35 miles per hour.
Wylie said police do not know if alcohol or drugs were involved, and that they were waiting on reports from the coroner's office.
Anyone with information on the crash is encouraged to call police at (650) 903-6344. The original press release is available here.