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Atherton: No apparent injuries in El Camino collision of semi and BMW

Power pole sheared off but PG&E crews quickly removed it from roadway

A collision involving a semi-tractor trailer and a silver BMW sedan briefly closed several lanes on El Camino Real on Monday afternoon, Nov. 13. Although a power pole was sheared off, there were no apparent injuries, Atherton police said.

In the crash, which happened just before 1 p.m., the truck and BMW apparently tried to change into the same lane at the same time, Sgt. Jeff Rickel said. "The BMW was pushed into a power pole that was knocked down," he said.

The driver had no apparent injuries, but was taken to Stanford Hospital after he complained of pain, Sgt. Rickel said.

There were no injuries to the driver of the semi, and slight damage to the truck's front end, he said. The BMW received major damage.

Although the power pole was sheared off, Pacific Gas & Electric crews happened to be working nearby and were able to quickly remove the pole and fallen wires from the roadway, Sgt. Rickel said.

Two northbound lanes and one southbound lane were closed temporarily, and one southbound lane remained closed at 2:15 p.m. awaiting the tow truck, he said.

A small portion of a fence at a Nora Way residence was damaged, he said.

"It's going to be hard to determine fault," he said.

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