Working on Highway 92

Work continued on power lines along Highway 92 at Spanishtown shops on Wednesday morning. A crash shortly after 4 p.m. on Tuesday took down the pole and lines and caused the roadway to be shut entirely for more than 12 hours.

Updated: 10:49 a.m.: A traffic accident Tuesday afternoon on Highway 92 caused authorities to close the road in both directions overnight. Traffic control continued into Wednesday morning.

The single-vehicle collision occurred shortly after 4 p.m. on Tuesday near Spanishtown. According to reports, the car hit a powerline operated by AT&T and caused the pole to land across the highway. The driver was trapped in the car and needed to be rescued by firefighters before being transported to Stanford Hospital for “serious injuries,” San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Javier Acosta said.

An AT&T spokesperson said the company said crews working overnight to replace the downed pole. 

This is not the first time accidents on this particular stretch of highway have caused fatalities and blocked access to and from Half Moon Bay. In 2015, an alleged drunken driver headed eastbound careered off the road in that spot and had to be taken to the hospital.

August Howell is a staff writer for the Review covering city government and public safety. Previously, he was the Review’s community, arts and sports reporter. He studied journalism at the University of Oregon.

(3) comments

here ya' go

Will we never learn? Telling folks to expect a 60-90 min closure, and sending no updates until 5 hours later is not particularly useful. When you see lines down, you know the road ain’t gonna open in an hour. Given the time of the first County alert, much of the traffic mess could have been avoided by providing an additional interim update. Folks heading home are likely OK with a 30-60 min delay, but with better info, they can definitely use an alternate route and avoid the mess and stress.


If they would have had a road closure with a sheriff's deputy at Skyline Drive and hwy 92 WB direction, that would have given drivers a chance to turn around or go southbound on Skyline drive. Once you've passed Skyline Drive WB, your locked in unable to turn around till you get to the christmas tree farm at the bottom of the hill. Instead, they had a deputies squad car blocking WB traffic all the way down at the road to the Ox Mountain Landfill.


This article is incorrect. My wife was in this mess and ended up walking home from about 1.5 miles up 92. There was nothing blocking the road. The sheriff could have easily directed one lane of traffic at a time but decided not to.

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