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UPDATE: All Hwy 101 Lanes Open Following Fatal Crash

San Bruno woman killed after her family's SUV collided with a CHP vehicle Friday morning.

All lanes and ramps have reopened on U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto following a fatal crash Friday morning that involved a California Highway Patrol vehicle, according to the CHP.

The collision was reported at 6:49 a.m. at Embarcadero Road. A Sig-alert was issued around 7 a.m., CHP Officer Amelia Jack said.

All lanes were open at 1:20 p.m., however the Embarcadero Road off-ramp and Oregon Expressway on-ramp remained closed until just after 4:30 p.m., according to the CHP.

The gold Lexus SUV that crashed into a CHP vehicle that was pulled over on the right-hand side of the road was occupied by a San Bruno family, with the father driving, the mother in the passenger seat and four sisters sitting in the back seats, Jack said.

A 24-year-old woman, the oldest of the siblings, was ejected with another sister from the SUV after the SUV struck the CHP vehicle.

The 24-year-old was killed while the other sister suffered major injuries, Jack said.

Before the crash, the CHP vehicle had pulled up next to a broken-down white pickup truck that was pulled over on the right-hand shoulder, Jack said.

After speaking to the truck's occupants, the CHP officer pulled up in front of the truck, which is when the SUV swerved into the shoulder for unknown reasons and hit the left side of the patrol vehicle, Jack said.

The SUV then flipped and come to a rest on the Embarcadero Road off-ramp after the two sisters were ejected. The parents and two other sisters in the SUV, who were all wearing seatbelts, suffered various major and minor injuries, Jack said. Jack said it is unclear if the sisters ejected were wearing seatbelts.

The CHP officer suffered minor injuries in the crash. He was the sole occupant in the vehicle. He was taken to a hospital where he was treated. He has since been released, Jack said.

Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the collision, Jack said.

Following the crash, traffic was backed up as far south as the junction with state Highway 85, about five miles away, Jack said.

-- Bay City News

Victor November 23, 2012 at 05:56 PM
KRON4News reports that it was the 24 year old died on the scene.
commuter November 23, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Is this report correct? I believe there are no shoulders on Hwy 101 near Embarcadero Road due to Caltrans construction.
GMK November 23, 2012 at 08:16 PM
We heard loud helicopters this morning for at least one hour. Knew something wasn't right. Very sad for the families of the victims but glad the officer is OK.
Jay Bud November 23, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Yes, it happened near the exit, look at the KTVU footage on their website
L.A. Chung November 23, 2012 at 10:59 PM
It's terribly sad. I don't know what caused the accident, but it is a reminder that if you pull off the freeway onto the shoulder, you should ask yourself if you can't make it to an exit and park on a surface road or service station. This is the second accident on Highway 101 in which a car that had pulled off onto the shoulder were inexplicably hit by a car traveling on the freeway.
Rob Chapman November 24, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Sadly, the other critically injured sister has died. KTVU reports that the family is from San Bruno. I live there & wonder if I know them. Waiting for names to be released. Terrible tragic. But, this is why we stay off the roads on Black Friday.
Highway 280 Steward November 24, 2012 at 02:54 AM
This is very sad...Once an SUV was speeding (even the 65 mph speed limit would've resulted in the same...) and as he jerked to get over, his car rolled in front of mine, 3 times. Glass burst outward, he had on his seatbelt so he wasn't among everything that flew out the windows. :( It's so important to buckle up :( Prayers to the sisters together maybe in heaven tonight and to the family. Very sad story today.
GMK November 24, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Lisa marie...if you were a witness, you may want to call the Palo Alto Police department and let them know. The highway was backed up well through the afternoon, with officers still at the scene.
Andrew Jackson November 24, 2012 at 05:34 AM
When are all of you going to wake up and smell the coffee? Maybe this should be a lesson to all you that black Friday needs to stop! If it wasn't for black Friday maybe the could have been sleeping instead of getting some stupid "jeans and shoes..." seriously black Friday is so stupid. All you black Friday freaks are freaking so dumb. The reality is you can't afford a tv, if it's so important, for your crying babies. You shouldn't have had none! And your stinking feet, just get a pedicure. Go to sleep people, it also probably the CHPs fault ... Parked on the side and moments later... Psst, tbd CHP probably pulled over thd truck cause it was old. If it wasn't for black Friday they probably wouldn't gave been there. Poor girl. See now do you see.
Get Real November 24, 2012 at 06:12 AM
Andrew, sounds like you might need to smell some coffee of your own. Black Friday is definitely a bad thing as far as I'm concerned but unsafe driving and disregard for the safety of passengers occupying vehicles happens 365 days per year. Keep your focus where it belongs and don't use this family's tragedy for your personal soapbox.
Vivian Marcelli November 24, 2012 at 07:24 AM
Andrew, the CHP officer WAS PARKED, PARKED, PARKED, PARKED (GET IT? HE WAS PARKED) WITH HIS LIGHTS ACTIVATED ON THE SHOULDER OF THE FREEWAY helping the driver of a disabled vehicle, how in hell is this tragic accident his freakin' fault?
watchfultaxpayer November 24, 2012 at 07:53 AM
SInce the father, mother, and four children at or approaching adulthood were all together in one vehicle, perhaps they were not going shopping on Black Friday, Mr. Jackson.. Perhaps they were going as a family to visit someone or on a pleasure trip. It doesn't sound reasonable that a family of 6 would all be going Black Friday shopping together. It is a heartbraking tragedy but because of Black Friday????? I doubt that.
Bill Baker November 24, 2012 at 08:03 AM
A terrible tragedy. RIP.
breezy4oak November 24, 2012 at 06:15 PM
So sad.....speechless. .may both sister's rest in peace..Prayers with there family ....
watchfultaxpayer November 24, 2012 at 10:13 PM
My apologies to Mr. Jackson. According to the print paper today, the family had indeed gone shopping together to the Gilroy Outlet stores but for wedding related items to take for the 24 year old's wedding in India. I was wrong in thinking it made little sense that the entire family went Black Friday shoppingd together. If it is possible to make it an even sadder story, the plans for the pending wedding tends to do that. My sincee condolences to the family and their supportive community who are all in grief. And again, my apology to Mr. Jackson for my initial reaction. But I do agree with Get Real. Accidents happen 365 days a year, even on uncrowded thoroughfares which is where my beloved mother met her demise in a car accident. The fatal accident of the beloved owner of Don Pico's was a single car accident. Accidents happen, sadly.
Andrew Jackson November 24, 2012 at 11:26 PM
My apologies too, I just don't think the shopping hours are normal. I feel real bad for the family, and it makes it worse as the story unfolds more and more. I find more here than tv, but the tv did make it seem that the CHP car was on the side of the pulled over vehicle, who cares with the lights on, it should have been in the back.
watchfultaxpayer November 25, 2012 at 07:33 AM
From what I read I understood that the CHP had been behind the pulled over vehicle and for whatever reason had repositioned to the front of the vehicle. I shall read it again. It was just a terribly unfortunate event of timing I think. Perhaps the driver of the car with the family in it got sleepy and dozed for a split second. It said they had been shopping all night which I thought might indicate some degree of sleep deprivation. When my spouse and I go on driving trips, we get a good nights sleep before and talk to each other the whole time.Neither dozes. Too easy to become hypnoized by the road. As for the crazy hours of sales this time of the year, I have never gone to one. I don't shop excessively anyway...LOL...and I had rather pay more than ruin my Thaniksgiving by stopping the family get-to-gether glow just to go buy stuff. But many people do or they wouldn't stage them that early and late.
Priya reddy November 25, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Gone..... Ur gone...... I LOVE U. <3 R.I.P

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