Updated: April 17, 2:11 p.m.
A Los Altos driver’s sunroof became an escape hatch Tuesday morning (April 16) when emergency responders used the opening to extract the woman from her flipped Lexus SUV.
The accident, adjacent to Lincoln Park, took place at approximately 10 a.m. when the Lexus driver, a 67-year-old Los Altos Hills resident, attempted to turn left onto University Avenue from Burke Road, said Eric Brooks, an agent in the Los Altos Police Department traffic unit. The woman struck an unoccupied BMW sedan parked near the park gazebo, her vehicle coming to rest on the driver’s side.
It’s unclear whether the driver was speeding and why she lost control, Brooks said.
The speed limit on University is 25 mph.
Santa Clara County Fire Department rescuers from CNT Rescue 74 and Engine 76 worked to help the Lexus driver. They smashed the SUV’s rear window so Captain Tiffany Woods could climb inside the vehicle, complete a patient assessment and keep the driver calm. Although the Jaws of Life were on hand in case the firefighters needed to cut through the SUV’s roof to access the driver, she was able to climb out through the sunroof with assistance once they broke the window glass. She appeared alert and responsive after the delicate operation, but an ambulance transported her to an area hospital as a precaution.
The accident shattered the BMW’s driver’s side rear window.