Two drivers were arrested on suspicion of DUI and a woman suffered major head injuries as a result of a series of crashes on U.S. Highway 101 in Menlo Park early Sunday morning, according to a California Highway Patrol spokesman.
The woman was one of three passengers in a gray 2006 Honda Civic driven by a 20-year-old Redwood City man who lost control of the vehicle on northbound Highway 101 shortly after 2:30 a.m., CHP Officer Art Montiel said. He veered to the left and struck water-filled attenuators at the center divider before the car flipped over, landing within lanes of traffic north of Marsh Road.
The driver was taken to San Mateo Medical Center for minor injuries and later booked into San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of DUI, Montiel said.
Two other passengers were taken to Stanford Hospital: A 19-year-old San Jose woman with major head injuries who remained in the emergency room as of about 4 p.m. Sunday, and a 21-year-old Redwood City man with moderate, but not critical, head and leg injuries, according to Montiel.
An 18-year-old Redwood City woman also in the Honda Civic had minor scrapes and was driven away from the scene by an officer and later reunited with her family.
The passengers exited the Honda Civic before it was hit by a 28-year-old San Francisco man in a white 2018 BMW, which then narrowly escaped being hit by a gray 2017 Honda Accord. The Honda Accord driver, a 41-year-old South San Francisco resident, quickly left the scene and took the next exit to Woodside Road, where his passenger left the area before officers caught up to the vehicle.
After the near miss, an 18-year-old East Palo Alto woman driving a 2014 black Jeep crashed into the Honda Accord. She suffered minor injuries and was medically cleared before officers booked her into county jail on suspicion of DUI.
The series of crashes ended when a 21-year-old man in a red 2016 Dodge Dart struck the black Jeep. The drivers of the BMW, Honda Accord and Dodge weren't injured and weren't found to be under the influence, Montiel said.
Northbound lanes were closed from about 2:30 a.m. until around 4 a.m., Montiel said.
Anyone with information about the crashes is asked to call Officer J. Wilkinson at 650-369-6261.