PALO ALTO (BCN) – A man suffered major injuries in a crash that blocked a main road in Palo Alto for more than six hours Friday morning, a police lieutenant said.

The solo-vehicle crash was reported at 5:52 a.m. on west San Antonio Road just east of Middlefield Road, Palo Alto police Lt. Sandra Brown said.

Officers responded and found a car that had gone off the roadway and struck a tree and light pole, Brown said.

The 24-year-old victim was found unconscious in the car. He was pulled from the vehicle and taken to Stanford Hospital with significant injuries, Brown said. She said the man underwent surgery, but did not know his condition as of Friday afternoon.

The crash shut down westbound San Antonio Road between Leghorn Street and Middlefield Road for more than six hours, causing a major traffic backup in the area. The roadway was reopened around noon, Brown said.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, according to Brown.

“It’s not raining that hard here, so we don’t know if it was initiated by weather or something else,” she said.

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