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Three Killed in Crash on Highway 280 in Redwood City

A driver has been arrested in connection with the crash, which was reported shortly after 3 p.m. Friday.

Three people were killed and two injured when a car that had pulled over due to mechanical problems was struck by a passing vehicle on northbound Interstate Highway 280 Friday afternoon, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

A Lexus sedan was stopped at the center divider just north of Edgewood Road near Redwood City today around 3:10 p.m. when it was struck by a black Volkswagen that swerved into the center divider, CHP Officer Art Montiel said.

Three people in the Lexus, a woman in her late 40s, a 21-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man, were pronounced dead at the scene, Montiel said.

A fourth person in the Lexus, a 56-year-old Santa Clara man, survived the crash and was taken to the hospital with injuries, Montiel said.

The driver of the Volkswagen, a man in his early 80s, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. He is expected to be arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter upon his release due to reports that he was speeding at the time of the crash and due to the number of people killed, Montiel said.

The crash shut down four lanes, leaving only the far right lane open and backing traffic up for miles. Montiel said the vehicles were being towed away as of shortly after 6 p.m., and he expected the road to reopen by 7 or 8 p.m.

-- Bay City News

Rob Chapman December 15, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Why does the negligent driver (probably on a cell phone) always survive with minor injuries, while the innocent people in the other car lose their lives. Disgusting.
karina December 15, 2012 at 03:45 PM
It was a horrible sight I happened to be there. It was a brand new car (with new tags on the plates still ) that he was driving. You should never pull over to the middle!
joanie cesano December 15, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Somehow I seriously doubt an 80 year old would be talking on a cell phone while operating a vehicle. And without any information on the details of the accident, it is incredibly irresponsible to make any assumptions on the topic...let alone post them publically.
Rex December 15, 2012 at 04:01 PM
It's unlikely a guy in his 80s was yakking on a cellphone. And you can't make a blanket statement that all 80 somethings shouldn't be on the freeway. More testing of older people would help.
Ben There December 15, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Umm that would be discrimination. Driving is a skill that is tested...you don't "age" out.
DON CURRAN December 15, 2012 at 04:48 PM
MAYBE U SHOULD BE TESTED JUST BECAUSE U GET OLDER DOSEN'T MEAN U GET DUMBER, MAN NOT LIKE YOUNG PEOPLE DON'T DRIVE CRAZY N FAST,GET A LIFE;;;; DON
Yisky December 15, 2012 at 06:22 PM
The Lexus sedan driver stopped on the wrong side of the motorway, also to charge the Volkswagen driver at this is wrong. ... Did the Lexus have hazard lights on?
Dawn Hoover December 15, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Sometimes when your car breaks down, you can't move it anywhere. My car just died in the middle of the street and I was unable to move it. Just an hour prior I had been on the freeway. It could have turned out just like this terrible accident.
Phillip Bailey December 16, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Lots of Patch poster must like to see their words in print. Similar to the twitter world were many can't resist hitting the send or submit button. Exhale and re-read what "we" post might serve us well. Again as in other fatalities, people are dead and yet poster write the most inarticulate things. I know 30 yr olds that act 80 and 80 yr olds that act 30. My mom drove until she was 90. Passed every written test and driving test. I can't say the same for myself. Also before we start typing, check to see if the Caps Lock button is "on" or stuck because it's difficut to read a posters thoughts that use ALL capital letters. Just sayin....
Rebecca December 16, 2012 at 07:47 AM
Just because the driver survived doesn't mean he is not going to suffer every day with the knowledge that he killed three people. Good people have caused bad things to happen it doesn't mean smith was a bad person, it's called an accident for a reason. Think about what you say this man has a family that is grieving as much as the family of the victims.
adrewk73 December 16, 2012 at 07:59 AM
He is a good man and doesn't deserves this. The people that talk crap about this man that they don't even know him. Yes the accident was a tragedy and we all need to find out what happen first before blame him. What happen if it was your mom or dad you pieces of crap. I work with man for 11 years and he is good man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Phillip Bailey December 18, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Adrewk73 = Agreed!

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