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Car drives onto Alma off-ramp, hits cop car

Original post made on Jul 30, 2013

A gold Chevrolet Impala collided head-on with a police car after it turned the wrong way from Alma Street onto an Oregon Expressway off-ramp.

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Posted by Bike Commuter
a resident of Ventura
on Jul 30, 2013 at 5:30 pm

I had a near miss on the same ramp when an SUV came down the wrong way! I always hug the inside curve when traveling up that ramp.

They need to add more WRONG WAY signs, or paint to make it more clear.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 30, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Put a webcam on this off ramp. This happens more often than you think only this time the offender hit a police car.

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Posted by hulkamania
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 30, 2013 at 5:39 pm

The driver of the Impala was probably thinking, If you're gonna be a bear, be a grizzly bear.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 30, 2013 at 5:51 pm

All these Alma/Oregon ramps are confusing even when I know them I have to double check as they all look similar. I expect the driver was from out of town and/or using a GPS.

Very pleased nobody was hurt.

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Posted by Street view
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 30, 2013 at 7:14 pm

If you check out the northbound street view, there is a sign reading "Page Mill Expwy" that appears to be directing drivers to the ramp that's going the wrong way. Yes, the ramp does have two red "Do Not Enter" signs on it, but when you're in the right lane preparing to turn, it's easy to miss them as they're at a 90-degree angle to Alma.

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Posted by question
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 30, 2013 at 7:38 pm

How old is the driver?

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Posted by Alphonso
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Jul 30, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Alphonso is a registered user.

This is about as stupid as landing short at SFO - too much reliance on navigation tools when all you have to do is drive and pay attention.

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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 30, 2013 at 10:01 pm

"There were no serious injuries from the collision"

"The exit ramp was closed for hours after the crash"

Why close the ramp for hours and make everyone suffer?

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Posted by in defense
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 31, 2013 at 10:44 am

I did the same thing as that driver once, but was lucky there was no accident. Everybody was going slowly enough, and I managed to back out of the off ramp. At the time, I was not familiar with that stretch of Alma. I wanted to go onto Oregon Expressway, going east. This was before GPS. And I am a careful driver, who in over 30 years of driving have not have a single accident.

The bottom line is that that area is very confusing for drivers not familiar with it. It ought to be marked more clearly.

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Posted by DWA
a resident of another community
on Jul 31, 2013 at 11:23 am

Why photograph the driver from the back instead of from the front?

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Posted by oops
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 31, 2013 at 11:55 am

I grew up in this town, and many years ago made that same wrong turn at night in the rain. I saw the left turn sign on Alma going south, thought I was turning towards home onto Eastbound Oregon, and to my horror realized I was heading down the exit ramp from Page Mill instead. Fortunately it was late at night, no one was around, and I extricated myself from the situation. I think of it every time I drive past.
I agree with those who say the signage needs to be better.

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Posted by SD
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 31, 2013 at 12:31 pm

In order to get into this ramp the wrong way, one would have to cross over the Double Yellow line and miss both the DO NOT ENTER signs. If a driver is paying attention and drive in that striped lanes correctly, there should be no way they end up in this situation.

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Posted by Alan
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jul 31, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Agree that exit does need to be improved given it is right next to the entrance. Could the city put a physical barrier (raised curb, or polls) to prevent a car from crossing the double yellow to get on to the exit ramp?

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