Two motorcyclists seriously injured in Skylonda crash


Two motorcyclists were seriously injured in a collision with a box truck in San Mateo County's Skylonda area Friday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The two motorcyclists, a 42-year-old San Francisco man on a Yamaha and a 22-year-old Santa Clara man on a Kawasaki, were riding west on state Highway 84 just west of Skyline Boulevard around 12:30 p.m. when the older man crossed the double yellow lines to pass another vehicle in front of him, CHP officials said.

The Yamaha struck the right front of an eastbound Freightliner box truck and then a tree before coming to a halt on the south bank of the highway.

The Kawasaki, which was directly behind the Yamaha, then hit the left front bumper of the truck. That rider came to a rest on the north bank of the highway.

Both suffered major injuries in the crash and were taken to Stanford Medical Center for treatment.

The truck driver, a 34-year-old Hayward man, was not injured.

Drugs and alcohol do not appear to have been a factor in the collision, which remains under investigation, the CHP said.

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Posted by Torkleson
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Sep 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Another sad incident, my condolences to all involved. I have seen so many motorcycle accidents along Hwy 84 and assisted with a few, most with serious injuries. Please let's stop making Hwy 84 a raceway and daredevil competition, the life you save may be your own.

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 14, 2015 at 3:11 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

Gee, wonder why the double yellow line. Must mean I can pass!!

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Posted by johngslater
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Sep 14, 2015 at 3:30 pm

For many years I was one of those sport riders. Because of the power you have, you can usually pass cars quite easily. But some riders get sloppy, and when another vehicle appears from the opposite direction before completing the pass, they assume they can squeeze by.

But when a big truck appears... Oops.

Sorry, but this is a case of Darwinism in action.

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