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Joint police/fire investigation on Arastradero Road

Original post made on Feb 28, 2014

Part of Arastradero Road in Palo Alto is closed this afternoon, Feb. 28, as police and fire officials investigate a hazardous-materials situation at the apartment complex at 724 Arastradero Road.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 28, 2014, 4:44 PM

Comments (11)

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2014 at 5:43 pm

This must be making the evening commute miserable. It is such a shame that we have no technology to alert drivers to this before they leave work and can plan an alternative route.

Posted by BarronPark999, a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 28, 2014 at 5:46 pm

I'm sorry Resident. Someone just committed suicide and a life is gone and you are worried about the traffic? My condolences to the family - he/she is someone's loved one.

Posted by family, a resident of Green Acres
on Feb 28, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Peace, BarronPark999, it helps emergency vehicle access if the area is not gridlocked. Sounds like you have found an entry in the City's open app contest, Resident. Helping alert drivers to go around emergency areas could do a lot of good.

So sorry to hear that such a thing has happened in our community, and at a location next to the school.

Posted by parent, a resident of Midtown
on Feb 28, 2014 at 7:24 pm

My condolences to friends and family of the deceased.

For people worried about traffic jams, Google Maps does show current traffic conditions on major city streets, including Arastradero and El Camino. Check it before you leave. Google Maps can also show you alternative routes. Supposedly it is legal to check cell phone maps while driving, but that seems really reckless, especially on a rainy day.

Posted by family, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2014 at 9:40 pm

I'm more worried that the media will once again overreact and not tell us what happened, and we'll have no idea whether we can do more as a community...

Posted by parent, a resident of Midtown
on Feb 28, 2014 at 10:09 pm

If the family wants to talk, they will talk. If not, the community should let them mourn the way they choose.

Posted by Neighbor, a resident of Green Acres
on Feb 28, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Are you sure there was suicide? I live very close by but did not know for sure. There was no access to cars for about 45 min. Finally traffic was getting by at 5 pm. So sorry for all involved if this was indeed tragic event.

Posted by family, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 1, 2014 at 1:18 am

Talked to a friend who lives in the building. It does indeed sound like a suicide. Not clear whether the person was thinking about who else could be hurt, sadly. That's why the street was probably blocked off.

Posted by parent, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 1, 2014 at 7:17 am

The police sent out a press release Friday afternoon saying it was an apparent suicide. The medical examiner will make the final determination.

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 3, 2014 at 12:19 pm

I deliberately didn't mention the suicide in my first post as I didn't want to turn this into another suicide thread.

What seemed more important to me was that whenever something like this occurs it causes a traffic mess. This can be problematic to not only residents living in the area, but to commuters in both directions, and getting people to choose alternative routes would be useful.

I don't propose anything that involves taking a driver's focus away from driving, but checking a phone app before setting off which has alerts to possible delays on a regular route or even an alert system that warns drivers of possible delays on their "favorite" routes would make a lot of sense.

It could be due to an accident, fuel spill, police activity, flooding, road construction taking longer, etc. etc. We have an alert reverse 911 system for our home neighborhood. How about something similar for our "favorite" routes?

Posted by winds, a resident of Southgate
on Mar 3, 2014 at 1:05 pm

just when you thought you could shrug off a suicide, you have half million jewelery robbery on peninsula in broad daylight. people here love to hear about crimes and injustice and forget about it and let authority rule the world.

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