Crash leaves seatbelted pair hanging upside down

Small car rear-ended by another vehicle while heading south from Oregon Expressway onto Highway 101 Wednesday afternoon

A small car rear-ended at the Oregon Expressway southbound on-ramp onto Highway 101 flipped over shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday, leaving both occupants hanging upside down by their seatbelts.

When fire crews arrived they helped them out of the belts and they crawled out of the car, Suzan Minshall, interim emergency services coordinator for the Fire Department reported.

They had apparent minor injuries, she said. The unidentified pair were examined by Fire Department paramedics, then transported to a local hospital for a more thorough assessment, Minshall reported.

The crash is under investigation and there was no immediate word on the status of the driver of the other car.

-- Palo Alto Online staff


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Posted by The Dad
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 1, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Day in and day out aggressive drivers are the biggest threat to you and your life. We need to jack up the fines for speeding, red light running and even things like failure to use turn signals, then ENFORCE the existing laws.
I bet a 1K dollar fine would get many of the "Too lazy to care' drivers out there to use the turn signal that the auto makers provided.
Wanna go 80 in the right hand lane on 101? Well then you must wanna pay the 3K dollar fine. Its simple. Make committing the crime hurt, then go hurt the offenders before they hurt innocent people.

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Posted by Betty
a resident of North Whisman
on Jul 1, 2010 at 2:26 pm

What's the definition of a "small car"? The picture makes it look like a station wagon or an SUV.

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Posted by kanank
a resident of Stierlin Estates
on Jul 1, 2010 at 3:01 pm

It is very sad that many drivers don't care about other lives on the roads. They seem to be in a hurry , driving way too faster and weaving in and out all the time and drive thru red signals, driving too fast in parking lots and don't stop for pedestrians in cross walks. The drivers are too deadly. Police should do very regular rounds around pedestrian cross walks,stop signals and impose stiff penalty on dangerous drivers. Till the Police do something concrete, behaviour of dangerous drivers will not change and quite a few innocent people will become fatalities because of negligence of the police to enfore traffic laws. MV/PA/sunnyvale/Los Altos Police, are you listening?

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Posted by Driver
a resident of Castro City
on Jul 1, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Every morning I witness hoards of Los Altans speeding down San Antonio to 101 in their fancy cars and talking on the phone. It's like a raceway off the stoplights. The police should focus on San Antonio between El Camino and Old Middlefield in that direction.

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Posted by Local motorist
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 2, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Being stuck by seatbelts is a routine problem when cars end up in unusual positions, including accidents outside the driver's control.

The article didn't explain why the occupants didn't just safely cut the seatbelts (and if necessary, punch out the windows) using simple inexpensive tools for the purpose, kept in the car where they'll be in reach in such situations? Prudent drivers carry them. Emergency personnel carry them. Auto stores and places that handle safety equipment sell various such tools, they fit in the palm of a hand. One function is an angled sharp blade, positioned to cut belts, but located inside a slot, so it won't cut other things or fingers accidentally. Either separate or combined is a spring-loaded center punch that will knock out safety glass in an emergency. They just cost a few dollars, and for people trapped inside in certain kinds of accidents, the alternative to carrying these safety tools can be worse than just hanging around for a while.

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