PACIFICA (CBS SF) — Motorists should expect heavy delays on northbound State Highway 1 in Pacifica near Fassler Avenue Saturday after an overnight crash knocked down a power pole, county officials said.
At approximately 10:45 p.m., Pacifica Police Department and North County Fire Authority units responded to a solo vehicle collision on northbound State Highway 1 between Fassler Avenue and Reina Del Mar Drive.
The involved vehicle collided with a power pole, causing the pole to break and the live power lines to fall across the vehicle.
The power pole was suspended precariously from the power lines overhead. The crash also caused a power outage in the area. PG&E crews responded to the scene and were able to deactivate the lines.
The occupants were safely removed from the vehicle and only minor injuries were reported.
State Highway 1 was closed in both directions as crews cleared the vehicle. Southbound lanes were reopened to through traffic at about 11:40 p.m., while northbound lanes reopened a short time later at 12:25 a.m.
The right-hand lane has remained closed to accommodate crews working to restore the damaged pole. Motorists should take state Highway 92 to Interstate Highway 280 from locations south of the area as an alternative route.
The right-hand lane is expected to re-open around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, county officials said.
ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — A two-vehicle crash in Roseville sent three people to the hospital and took out a traffic signal Thursday afternoon.
The crash happened on Taylor Road at Roseville Parkway. Roseville firefighters said one of the vehicles took out a traffic signal and then went head-on into a treat. A patient was trapped in the crashed vehicle and required heavy extrication, according to firefighters.
During the same time, a second multi-vehicle crash happened at Five Star Boulevard and Stanford Ranch.
Firefighters said four cars were involved and one patient was extricated and transported to a local hospital.
The extent of the injuries is unknown at this time.
SAN BRUNO (CBS SF) — Authorities in San Bruno were reporting a multiple vehicle crash on northbound US-101 just sound of the San Bruno Avenue exit that briefly blocked four lanes, slowing traffic into San Francisco.
CHP reported the crash shortly after 5 p.m. in San Bruno south of I-380, not far from the San Francisco International Airport. The right and center lanes have been blocked, authorities said. One patient was transported to the hospital with minor injuries, authorities said.
The Sigalert was cancelled at about 5:30 p.m. when CHP were able to clear all lanes.
Motorists are advised to expect residual delays on 101 and to use alternate routes to avoid the area.
LOS GATOS (KPIX) – Despite efforts over the past few decades to make Highway 17 safer, its reputation seems to be getting worse.
Traffic accidents on this dangerous stretch of roadway between Los Gatos and Santa Cruz spiked in January and February of 2019.
“It’s curvy, it’s hilly, it’s not always sloped the way you expect it,” said Jill Hansen, who lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains and drives the highway every day.
She said impatient drivers make it only worse.
“I was going 50 mph in the slow lane in the rain and was being tailgated by a
lady who was making rude gestures behind me,” said Hansen.
“I try to avoid it at all costs,” said Alex Gerasimov, adding he sometimes detours on other highways to bypass Highway 17.
So far this year, there were 228 crashes on Highway 17, which averages four a day, according to the California Highway Patrol.
“I think the biggest reasons is all the wet weather, and people are just going way too fast,” said Officer Henrik Bailey, who patrols the area.
The speed limit is 50 mph over the mountains, but many drivers go faster.
A motorcycle officer was seen pulling over several drivers for speeding.
But with blind curves and a hardly any shoulders, enforcing speed laws is dangerous for the officers.
In 2005, CHP Lt. Michael Walker was struck and killed by a car while at the
scene of an earlier crash.
“Where we really have a problem are these secondary crashes,” said Jim Helmer, a former traffic engineer for San Jose and Santa Cruz. He is on the Highway 17 Safety Task Force.
He says solutions already being tried include eliminating left turns against
oncoming traffic and more safety barriers.
But in the future, there could be high-tech solutions that would cut down on the most dangerous and deadly situations, which Helmer said are secondary crashes.
Helmer said sensors embedded into the pavement can warn drivers on electronic road signs, or even in some vehicle communications systems.
“Using wireless communications, artificial intelligence. They can immediately
detect the crash and prevent other drivers from having secondary crashes.”
One of the other reasons blamed for the accident increase is an increase in the number of people now using Highway 17, which is about 63,000 per day according to the CHP.
On Friday morning, police were called to a single-vehicle crash on Johnson Road, where a witness reported seeing a taxicab crash into the ditch.
CHICAGO (CBS) — One person was killed, and another was critically injured when a car flipped over Sunday night on the Bishop Ford Freeway.
Illinois State Police said the vehicle rolled over on the Bishop Ford near the Beaubien Woods Forest Preserve, just north of the Little Calumet River, shortly after 10 p.m.
Police and fire officials said a male was killed in the crash. His name and age were not immediately available.
A 37-year-old woman was critically injured, and was being treated at the University of Chicago trauma center for a head injury, according to the Chicago Fire Department.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Four women were injured Monday morning, when a car crashed on the Ontario feeder ramp to the Kennedy Expressway, throwing two of the women from the car.
Illinois State Police said the car was headed west on the Ontario Street ramp to the Kennedy Expressway, near Halsted Street, when it crashed shortly after 1 a.m.
Two women were ejected from the vehicle. A total of four women were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Three of them were in critical condition, and the fourth woman’s condition was described only as “stable.”
The crash caused a major backup on the Ontario feeder ramp, but it reopened by 4 a.m.
The cause of the crash was under investigation.
Police say a car left the road and struck a hydro pole.