PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — A 24-year-old woman was killed, and six others, including a California Highway Patrol officer, were injured in a crash on northbound U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto on Friday morning, authorities said.
The collision occurred around 7 a.m. at Embarcadero Road.
Two people were ejected from a gold Lexus SUV after the SUV struck a CHP vehicle pulled over on the right-hand shoulder of the highway.
One of those ejected, a 24-year-old woman, was killed while the other person suffered critical injuries.
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, authorities 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, police said.
The SUV then flipped and came to a rest on the Embarcadero Road off-ramp after the two people were ejected.
Four others in the SUV, who were all wearing seatbelts, suffered various injuries.
Police said it was unclear if the people ejected were wearing seatbelts.
The CHP officer suffered minor injuries in the crash. He was the sole occupant in the vehicle.
Drugs and alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the fatal collision, investigators said.
Three lanes of the five lanes of the highway were shut down and were not expected to reopen until around 1 p.m., authorities said.