Second Woman Dies Following 101 Crash

Crews raced to a Highway 101 in Palo Alto on Friday morning to help the passengers in an SUV carrying a San Bruno family of six. For some reason the drivre swerved and crashed into a parked CHP cruiser parked alongside the road.

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    Crews raced to Palo Alto on Friday morning to the scene of a major injury crash where one person was killed, a CHP officer was hurt and two others suffered critical injuries.The was reported just before 7 a.m. on northbound U.S. Highway 101 at Embarcadero Road. A Sig-Alert was issued and the highway could be closed for about six hours.

    A San Bruno family is in mourning this weekend following a deadly crash early Friday along Highway 101 in Palo Alto killed two people.

     Nisha Tandel, 24, died Friday. Her younger sister, Sheetal Tandel, 20, died early Saturday morning. They were with four other family members on their way home from an overnight shopping trip when their vehicle crashed.

    CHP said their father was driving, his wife was in the passenger seat and the four sisters were in the back. For some unknown reason the man swerved and hit a parked CHP vehicle that was along 101.

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    The Lexus continued north overturning multiple times before stopping on the Oregon Expressway transition road on its wheels, according to the CHP.

    All six were injured, several critically. One died at the scene while the others were taken to nearby hospitals. 

    Relatives told the The Mercury News that the entire Tandel family set out for Gilroy late Thursday night to shop for gifts they planned to take to India for Nisha Tandel's wedding there in January. 

    The crash tied up traffic along U.S. Highway 101 near the Oregon Expressway for hours: all lanes reopened about 2:30 p.m. following the accident six hours earlier.

     The 24-year-old and 12-year-old sisters were not wearing seatbelts, according to the CHP.

    The other four family members were buckled up.

    The CHP officer did not suffer major injuries and was treated and released from the hospital.  

    The officer had pulled on the side of the ride to help another driver who was dealing with a flat tire.

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