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Teens killed in Christmas night crash on Foothill Road

Vehicle crashed into power pole, tree near Castlewood

Three teenagers died and two others were seriously injured in a solo-vehicle crash on Foothill Road not far from Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton on Christmas night, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The situation unfolded just before 10 p.m. Wednesday with a vehicle with five occupants traveling southbound on Foothill Road just north of Castlewood Drive, according to CHP Officer Tyler Hahn.

According to a witness statement and evidence at the scene, the vehicle crossed into the northbound lane of Foothill Road for unknown reasons and then struck a power pole and a large tree on the side of the road, Hahn said.

The force of the crash flipped the vehicle, ejected two of the occupants and trapped three others inside the vehicle, according to Hahn. All of the people in the vehicle were teenage youth. No identifying information has been released.

Three of the occupants, including the driver, were pronounced dead at the scene, Hahn said. The two other passengers were transported to a local hospital with major injuries.

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The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The power pole was severed at its base and upended, causing the transformer to rupture and spilling approximately 20 gallons of mineral oil on the roadway and adjacent dirt shoulder, according to Hahn. An active power line was also arcing near the roadway when officers arrived.

The downed pole caused a power outage in the area. That portion of Foothill Road was still closed as of 7 a.m. Thursday while utility crews worked to complete repairs to the pole, Hahn said.

Anyone with information about the crash can call the CHP Dublin Office at 828-0466.

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Teens killed in Christmas night crash on Foothill Road

Vehicle crashed into power pole, tree near Castlewood

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, Dec 26, 2019, 8:04 am

Three teenagers died and two others were seriously injured in a solo-vehicle crash on Foothill Road not far from Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton on Christmas night, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The situation unfolded just before 10 p.m. Wednesday with a vehicle with five occupants traveling southbound on Foothill Road just north of Castlewood Drive, according to CHP Officer Tyler Hahn.

According to a witness statement and evidence at the scene, the vehicle crossed into the northbound lane of Foothill Road for unknown reasons and then struck a power pole and a large tree on the side of the road, Hahn said.

The force of the crash flipped the vehicle, ejected two of the occupants and trapped three others inside the vehicle, according to Hahn. All of the people in the vehicle were teenage youth. No identifying information has been released.

Three of the occupants, including the driver, were pronounced dead at the scene, Hahn said. The two other passengers were transported to a local hospital with major injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The power pole was severed at its base and upended, causing the transformer to rupture and spilling approximately 20 gallons of mineral oil on the roadway and adjacent dirt shoulder, according to Hahn. An active power line was also arcing near the roadway when officers arrived.

The downed pole caused a power outage in the area. That portion of Foothill Road was still closed as of 7 a.m. Thursday while utility crews worked to complete repairs to the pole, Hahn said.

Anyone with information about the crash can call the CHP Dublin Office at 828-0466.

Comments

Resident001
Registered user
Birdland
on Dec 26, 2019 at 9:21 am
Resident001, Birdland
Registered user
on Dec 26, 2019 at 9:21 am

This is so awful, my heart goes out to these families, please pray for comfort. I can’t believe it.


Lori
Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 26, 2019 at 9:30 am
Lori, Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 26, 2019 at 9:30 am

This is absolutely heart-wrenching!


Sherri
Pleasanton Valley
on Dec 26, 2019 at 11:14 am
Sherri, Pleasanton Valley
on Dec 26, 2019 at 11:14 am
Cathy
Val Vista
on Dec 26, 2019 at 12:02 pm
Cathy, Val Vista
on Dec 26, 2019 at 12:02 pm

Tragic & so sad. Prayers for healing


MaryM
Vintage Hills
on Dec 26, 2019 at 3:12 pm
MaryM, Vintage Hills
on Dec 26, 2019 at 3:12 pm

It is so sad to hear about the loss of life, especially in those so young. I send my condolences to the families that are grieving right now, and prayers to the families of the other teenagers who are injured and wishing them a speedy recovery.


laws
Castlewood
on Dec 26, 2019 at 5:39 pm
laws, Castlewood
on Dec 26, 2019 at 5:39 pm

tragic..life cut short.

5 teenagers all in one car late at night is never a good idea. Intermediate license are not supposed to transport other teenagers without someone over 25. All us parents need to remember this.. protect the future.


Reader
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 26, 2019 at 6:01 pm
Reader, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 26, 2019 at 6:01 pm

Heartbreaking for this to happen on Christmas Eve. My heart goes to the families.


Homie
Civic Square
on Dec 26, 2019 at 7:48 pm
Homie , Civic Square
on Dec 26, 2019 at 7:48 pm

Many young lives been lost on this road back in 1972 2 young girls 16years old I went to school with at Amador got killed in corvair hit tree tbose oaks don't move


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 26, 2019 at 8:06 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 26, 2019 at 8:06 pm

Maybe a deer caused this teen driver to loose control of the vehicle.


ConcernedPleasantonPArent
Ruby Hill
on Dec 26, 2019 at 11:33 pm
ConcernedPleasantonPArent, Ruby Hill
on Dec 26, 2019 at 11:33 pm

Very sad indeed, especailly on Christmas. :( Condolences to the families during this holiday season. Wishing that God is watching over them in their new place.

Love to read more details as it becomes available. The ages of the driver and passengers, what kind of license did they have, was everyone wearing seatbelts, was alcohol involved...I know of many parents who do not strap their kids when they sit in the back seats (and it's not my place to tell them to do so, but always telling my kids to make sure they put on a seatbelt or do not ride. I also see passengers not buckled in while driving around Pleasanton.

We, as parents and community members, need to do our best to educate and ensure young drivers are keepig themselves and others safe. This goes for crossing the streets too.


I'm Not a Tree Hugger
Foothill High School
on Dec 27, 2019 at 9:51 am
I'm Not a Tree Hugger, Foothill High School
on Dec 27, 2019 at 9:51 am

Instead of widening roads they try and keep traffic at bay by keeping it a 2 lane narrow road and hope drivers will stay away from it. Reminds me of Vasco road as they never address the real issue and try to make everyone drive 2 mph instead of just widening the road. Both cases a lot of lives would be saved!!!


Rhubarb
Registered user
Carlton Oaks
on Dec 27, 2019 at 10:00 am
Rhubarb, Carlton Oaks
Registered user
on Dec 27, 2019 at 10:00 am

@I'm Not a Tree Hugger: Foothill is not exactly a flat road with plenty of publicly-owned land on either side of it. How do you propose paying for the land acquisition--at fair market value for some of the most expensive real estate in Pleasanton--and widening on a hillside?


been there
Registered user
Del Prado
on Dec 27, 2019 at 4:32 pm
been there, Del Prado
Registered user
on Dec 27, 2019 at 4:32 pm

well, Rhubarb, if it is "publicly owned" land as you say, then it should be a matter of policy to widen the road. How do you suppose the various freeways like 580 and 680 rights-of-way were acquired? But that's not really the point here.
[Removed because of speculation].still very sad.


mamafish
Registered user
Foothill Farms
on Dec 27, 2019 at 6:58 pm
mamafish, Foothill Farms
Registered user
on Dec 27, 2019 at 6:58 pm

The children are in Gods hands now. He will take care of them. We must pray for their families that they can get through this. They are the ones left behind with the pain and the sorrow. God bless them!


Fifty Years Here
Registered user
Pleasanton Heights
on Dec 27, 2019 at 8:22 pm
Fifty Years Here, Pleasanton Heights
Registered user
on Dec 27, 2019 at 8:22 pm

I have personally known three teenagers who have lost their lives on Foothill Road. Something needs to be done to slow drivers down or make the road safer.


Wombat
Downtown
on Dec 27, 2019 at 9:29 pm
Wombat, Downtown
on Dec 27, 2019 at 9:29 pm

In my view, there is nothing fundamentally unsafe about that section of Foothill Road where the crash occurred. It's a relatively straight section of road with good visibility. In fact, I would say that - provided that one is obeying the posted speed limit signs - Foothill road is about the safest 35 to 45 mph road that I know of in Pleasanton because it is fairly straight (except near Sunol) and there are relatively few intersections along its length.

The only apparent problem I see with Foothill Road is that it's a relatively little traveled road off on the western side of Pleasanton, and that may tempt some people to drive unsafely and exceed the speed limit on it. (Everyone remember Cody Hall?).


parent
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 28, 2019 at 12:20 am
parent, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 28, 2019 at 12:20 am

Deer suddenly crossing the roads in rural areas make it unsafe. That has happened a number of times to me on Foothill as well as Vineyard and Dublin Canyon, but fortunately they crossed far enough ahead of me that I was able to slow down.


Foater
Pleasanton Valley
on Dec 28, 2019 at 11:06 pm
Foater, Pleasanton Valley
on Dec 28, 2019 at 11:06 pm

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