Post-crash power outage affecting some services at Stanford Hospital 

Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital are operating on backup power generators Wednesday morning after a plane crash in East Palo Alto caused a large power outage.

The hospitals have enacted their emergency plan for such occasions, "and are well-prepared to assure the safety of our patients and visitors," said Shelly Hebert, executive director for public affairs for Stanford Hospital and Clinics.

However, some services at the hospital are affected.

"Our emergency department is open only for the most urgent situations," she said.

Medical staff is caring for labor and delivery patients, and surgical cases currently in progress are continuing, but non-emergency procedures are on hold until further notice, she said.

Clinic appointments at the main Stanford campus are canceled, but the outpatient center in Redwood City is open and operating normally, according to Hebert.

Widespread power outages have been reported in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto after a small plane crash that occurred at about 7:56 a.m. according to the city of Palo Alto. The town's emergency operations center has been activated to deal with the situation.

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