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Southbound El Camino at Selby in Atherton closed Friday after major accident

Original post made on Sep 27, 2013

Another traffic snarl developed Friday (Sept. 27) afternoon in Atherton -- this one a major-injury accident that closed southbound El Camino Real at Selby Lane for many hours and into the night, according to the county Office of Emergency Services. The expected reopening of the roadway is at 5 p.m.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, September 27, 2013, 3:23 PM

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Sep 27, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Traffic in the north Menlo, Atherton & south Redwood City area has been terrible today due to the various road closures. But what's much worse is that it's all due to some very dangerous events. I saw cops literally run to their vehicles when responding to either the Redwood City or Atherton events. Please be patient & slow down this afternoon, folks.


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Posted by katb
a resident of another community
on Sep 27, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Was near the Selby lane accident when it happened and saw the aftermath. It looked pretty bad. I hope everyone was OK....


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Posted by reader
a resident of Atherton: other
on Sep 27, 2013 at 5:37 pm

@katb - "major injury accident" means not everyone is OK.

A lengthy road closure typically means there is either a hazardous waste spill or life threatening injuries that demand a serious police investigation.


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Posted by klwines
a resident of Atherton: other
on Sep 27, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Our office is on the corner of El Camino and Selby. It was a terrifyingly loud GRUNCH on impact, and one car nearly flipped. The drivers of two of the three vehicles involved were taken off in abulances, as was what appeared to be a small child in a safety seat in the back of the more badly dmaged vehicle. All vehicles are still there as they accident scene is investigated.


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Posted by curious
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 28, 2013 at 8:59 am

There was a major, extended closure of El camino and Woodside Rd., possibly a fire. How about reporting on that?
It took us an hour to go about a mile since the SMCalert didn't show up until well after the closures went into effect, so we didn't know to avoid the area.


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Posted by helpful
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 28, 2013 at 10:43 am

Curious, the Almanac has had the story linked below on their web site since early yesterday afternoon, and updated it several times until the roads were opened. Guess you just missed it.

Web Link


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Posted by Athertonian
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Sep 29, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Didn't the Council receive a presentation from CalTrans in November of last year proposing a traffic light at this intersection?

What has been done since?


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 29, 2013 at 6:04 pm

"What has been done since?"

Nothing. Atherton doesn't want to spend money on any type of traffic control or safety. It doesn't work with the "rural" character of the town. Never mind the fact that a three lane state highway runs through the middle of your town. If they were, there'd be sidewalks on El Camino through Atherton, yet there are none. If they were, they'd take action to deal with the numerous fatal accidents on El Camino involving bicycles and pedestrians, yet there are no actions taken. The town doesn't care. They care about preserving the "rural character" of their town even though a sate highway runs through the middle of it. Keep sticking your heads in the sand Atherton residents. Keep trying to pretend you live in a place you actually don't. You no more live in a "rural" area than anyone else along the El Camino corridor. It's time Atherton steps up and starts acting like the responsible member of society it claims to be. Safety on the El Camino corridor through their town is their responsibility. I realize none of you actually walks or bikes on El Camino, but there are those that do.


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