UPDATE: Cousins Killed in Multi-Vehicle Crash on El Camino Real

Two people died after a vehicle rear-ended several others at the intersection, which caused a multi-vehicle collision, police said. Several others were injured. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Update, 5:45 p.m.: The two people who died in a multi-vehicle crash at Sneath Lane and El Camino Real this afternoon have been identified, the coroner's office said.

Usbaldo Gomez, 37, of South San Francisco and Arnulfo Picazo, 39, of San Bruno, who are cousins, were struck by a vehicle traveling east on Sneath Lane while they were apparently stopped at the light at El Camino Real. They were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Police responded to reports of a crash near El Camino Real at around 12:15 p.m.

A vehicle rear-ended several vehicles, including the one Gomez and Picazo were riding in, that were stopped at the intersection, police said.

People from two other vehicles, including the driver who crashed into the stopped vehicles, were taken to hospitals, police said. At least two children were injured in the crash, San Bruno police spokesman Lt. Geoff Caldwell said.

The extent of their injuries was not immediately known.

Police are now investigating the accident, including whether drunk driving was involved.

Police are encouraging witnesses of the crash to contact the San Bruno Police Department at 650-616-7100.

Bay City News Service contributed to this story.


Updated, 3:36 p.m.: Two people are now believed to be dead after the fatal multi-vehicle collision this afternoon at Sneath Lane and El Camino Real, San Bruno Police said.

Several others, including at least two children, have been taken to a local hospital with injuries, San Bruno police Lt. Geoff Caldwell said. It is not known how severe are the injuries.

According to police, one vehicle going eastbound on Sneath Lane rear-ended another vehicle stopped at the light at El Camino Real, which then slammed into two other vehicles that were waiting at the intersection.

The crash was reported at 12:30 p.m., and police are now investigating the scene, including whether drunk driving was involved.

The Sig-alert issued earlier on El Camino Real has now been lifted and the CHP has re-opened the westbound Interstate Highway 380 exit onto El Camino Real.

Traffic on El Camino Real continues to be slow at the intersection, which is near The Shops at Tanforan. Sneath Lane has been closed to traffic west of El Camino Real at the intersection.


Update, 1:33 p.m.: A Sig-alert has been issued on El Camino Real after a fatal multi-vehicle crash was reported this afternoon, the California Highway Patrol said.

The fatal crash was reported at 12:30 p.m. at Sneath Lane. The alert was issued at 1:10 p.m., a CHP officer said.

The CHP has since closed the westbound Interstate Highway 380 exit onto El Camino Real.

The accident involved many vehicles and left at least one person dead, the CHP officer said.

San Bruno police also responded to the fatal crash.

The CHP did not have an estimate when the area would reopen.

Officials advised avoiding northbound El Camino Real because of long delays expected in the area.


1:07 p.m.: A fatality has been reported at a multiple-vehicle crash in San Bruno on El Camino Real this afternoon, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The crash, which was reported at 12:30 p.m. at Sneath Lane, involved many vehicles that left at least one person dead, the CHP officer said.

San Bruno police also responded to the fatal crash, the CHP officer said.

Further details were not immediately available, San Bruno police said.

—Bay City News

Silvia August 01, 2012 at 05:08 PM
OMG Tony! I totally understand how you feel. We were about to go down the same way around that time and we decided to take the freeway instead so it could have also been us and my 3yr old daughter. We live down that street and we travel that intersection daily and it has left us traumatized! this is just so horrible! we still cant believe that happened! I walk by there every morning to get to work and seeing the memorial at the corner breaks my heart in two. Did their car hit incoming traffic? its just unbelievable how the cars were so smashed up like that! its unconceivable! I guess the only excuse if there could be one for the driver to have caused this tragedy was if he did have a heart attack because if he did not, if he was under the unfluence or some kind, he didnt deserve to live by killing innocent people. I hope someone will post update on the cause and also about the other victims, especially the kid I believe was involved. I hope we get more police presence at that intersection because it really is unsafe with all the speeding cars. I wrote to city hall and hope they do something about it and I hope all the people posting will do the same to prevent more tragic accidents. I am praying for the family of both cousins, my heart goes out to them. It is true, we are here a minute and gone the next. Please write to the mayor and police dept asking for something to be done at that intersection. thank you.
veronica August 01, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Visitation will begin on Thursday at 645pm followed by a Vigil Service 730pm at St. Bruno Church, 555 San Bruno Ave., San Bruno. Visitation will continue Friday 3pm with a Funeral Mass 4pm also at St. Bruno Church. In lieu of flowers, the families would ask you contribute to their childrens' fund: Account name: Usbaldo Gomez & Arnulfo Picazo Memorial Fund Mailing Address: SF Police Credit Union, 2550 Irving Street, San Francisco, CA 94122. 
Martin Ricard August 01, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Skip, do you happen to know how I can get in contact with the family? In addition to providing ongoing coverage of the investigation and the cousins who passed away, I'd like to provide updates on the other victims. Unfortunately, because the crash is still under investigations, not too much information is being released. You can email me at martin@patch.com.
dina August 02, 2012 at 08:14 AM
I am sorry for the loss of 2 great men...I went to school with both and they always had a smile on their face always a joke to tell... I send my prayers and heart felt sympathy to all their families n especially their children... may God give you all the strength n faith u all need during this difficult time... REST IN PARADISE USBALDO N ARNULFO Dina :(
b August 02, 2012 at 09:49 AM
thank you for the information... god bless both families.. hope all will give whatever they can... the wives and children of both cousins i'm sure will need any support possible, in this time of such unexpected tragic loss. many kind words from so many are so nice, and for those who added pics i beleive were done to help make sense of this tradgedy so thanks, the reporting was horrible the community post i beleive has helped us all and the family to know what happened.and how so many others actually care. again god bless all those who suffered loss and those injured in this tragedy. please update how father and son who had surgery are if anyone knows. thank you all..


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