A man suffered major injuries in a crash in Palo Alto on Friday morning, and the crash is expected to block a main road in the city for most of the morning, a police lieutenant said.
The solo-vehicle crash was reported at 5:52 a.m. on westbound San Antonio Road just east of Middlefield Road, Palo Alto police Lt. Sandra Brown said.
Officers responded and found a car that had gone off the roadway and struck a tree and light pole, Brown said.
A man in his early 20s was found unconscious in the car. He was pulled from the vehicle and taken to Stanford Hospital with significant injuries, Brown said. She said the man was in surgery as of 8 a.m. but did not know his condition.
The cause of the crash is under investigation, according to Brown.
“It’s not raining that hard here, so we don’t know if it was initiated by weather or something else,” she said.
The investigation into the crash is expected to keep San Antonio Road closed between Leghorn Street and Middlefield Road until at least 11 a.m., Brown said.
The crash is causing a major traffic backup in the area, even onto northbound and southbound U.S. Highway 101 near the off-ramps to San Antonio Road, she said.
Motorists are advised to take alternate routes around the area of the crash.