Had the Lexus struck the tree about 6 inches farther forward, Rickel said, the injuries would likely have been much more serious.
Police have ruled out alcohol or drugs as contributing factors to the accident, Rickel said. "It looks like it was speed-related," he said.
The accident left the Lexus on its side against a tree and draped with live electrical wires, which led PG&E to shut off power for 3,444 customers in Atherton and West Menlo Park at 3:45 a.m., a PG&E spokeswoman said. Power was restored for 3,400 of those customers at about 5 a.m., with more restoration coming around noon, Rickel said. A few customers were not expected to have their power back on until about 5 p.m., PG&E said.
Medics treated both men at the scene, then took them to Stanford Hospital, Chief Harold Schapelhouman of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District said in a statement.
Both men were conscious and talking as the firefighters worked to extract them from the car. The effort was delayed by the presence of wires believed to be live, and when PG&E crews did shut off the power, firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life and reciprocal saws to open up the vehicle, the chief said.
All told, there were 11 firefighters on the scene, including a battalion chief, and two fire engines and a ladder truck, the chief said.
Information from Bay City News Service was used in this report.
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