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

johnny Vega July 29, 2012 at 07:26 PM
My condolences to the Gomez and Picazo family.i grew up with both of them.you will always be in our hearts and in our prayers.
Skip Vargas July 29, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I also know the other family that was hit with this nightmare on there way to a Baseball Tournament. Very sad to say one of the kids a 10yrs old boy just went threw surgery on his eye and is sedated while they try to release swelling/pressure from his head... His dad was also hurt pretty bad but walked out of care to be with his son, the other two kids checked out last night. We are all praying for all family's to find the strength some how and some way to get threw this nightmare.
Skip Vargas July 29, 2012 at 07:39 PM
I also know the other family that was hit with this nightmare on there way to a Baseball Tournament. Very sad to say one of the kids a 10yrs old boy just went threw surgery on his eye and is sedated while they try to release swelling/pressure from his head... His dad was also hurt pretty bad but walked out of care to be with his son, the other two kids checked out last night. We are all praying for all family's to find the strength some how and some way to get threw this nightmare.
Lmr July 29, 2012 at 08:40 PM
My prayers go out to all the families, its very trajíc to read about losses like this. As I wake up every morning I am thankful for another day that I have been given. The pain will never go away for these families but I hope the support & strength from all helps. The doors of Heaven have opened to receive these Angel's now they will be watching over their loved ones. God Bless my prayers go out to all.
John Davis July 29, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I didn't know Baldo or his cousin, but he was my Union brother and my heart goes out to their friends and family in the terrible time of loss and change. Godspeed.
Noe Estrada July 30, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Nuestro Mas sentido pesame a Estas familias por la partida d sus seres queridos , su pena es la nuestra , estamos orando por ustedes! Dios los bendiga! - Sinceranente Tacos Luis
Dianna Armanino July 30, 2012 at 03:19 AM
A friend of mine who knows them told me the driver was suffering from a heart attack...couldn't have been helped. So so terrible. All around awful. I am praying for all families involved.
Cherisse Bergeron July 30, 2012 at 03:39 AM
My heart goes out to both the Gomez and Picazo family...I also grew up with Baldo & Nufo behind Tanforan Mall so many good memories in that neighborhood. This is a horrible tragedy....Life is to short...My deepest Condolences to both families and to all of our San Bruno family this is a horrible loss. RIP Baldo & Nufo
Pretty Asian... July 30, 2012 at 04:03 AM
C: huh??
Phyllis McArthur July 30, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Live every day to it's fullest, give to others as though they are your own family, never forget that each day you have on this earth is a gift. RIP kind humans, you have a place in heaven. The angels now comfort you.
George R July 30, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Baldo was the coolest and funniest guy I've worked with. He would always invite me in for a few beers after work and sometimes I would stick around. We haven't worked together lately but when I'd see him in the morning at the shop I would tell him that I would stop by and hang out and he would say "anytime, bro." Anytime never came and now I wish I had knocked on his door sooner. We'll miss you, Baldo! Thanks for being my friend while you were here.
Ernesto July 30, 2012 at 06:00 AM
Silvia, im sorry, what a small world. Rest in peace to your cousins :(
Ron Sotomayor July 30, 2012 at 04:15 PM
did one of the mentioned deceased work for mcmillian electric ??????? usbaldo ??? if so he used to b my co worker just seen him two weeks ago !!!!
Silvia July 30, 2012 at 08:19 PM
alejandro vega July 31, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Alejandro vega.. Baldo was a co-worker of mine, did not know him that long but he was a very happy person cool and funny.. my heart goes out to both families.. from my family, our deepest condolences. god bless you all. "GOD LOOKED AROUND HIS GARDEN AND FOUND AND EMPTY PLACE. HE THEN LOOKED DOWN UPON THE EARTH AND SAW A LOVING FACE. HE PUT HIS ARMS AROUND HIM AND LIFTED HIM TO REST. HE ALWAYS TAKES THE BEST" .... R.I.P Baldo
Picazo July 31, 2012 at 01:18 AM
To D Picazo-Gomez Families.. My Sympathy To One N All, I Hope U Find D Strength n Support of Famly n Frends 2 Help U Get Trough This Tragedy.... May God Send U Faith & Hope Find Its Way Into Ur Lives That USo Need At This Time... Its Hard To Believe They're Gone Even Though We Had Them 4 a Shortime Many of Us New Them n Loved Them. My Heart Goes Out To U, as a Family I Know We Were Blessed With Their Existence..... May GOD Have Them In His Glory.... My Grandfather Use To Say (When a Loved One, Becomes A Memory That Memory Becomes A Treasure Forever More.) Our Hearts R Crushed With All This..........Love..Chuyita Picazo Gomez CES'T MOI..+++.
K.C. July 31, 2012 at 02:09 AM
My heart goes out to all the people involved in this horrible accident. I grew up with the Picazo family in the SB Avenues, I use to play at their house all the time. May God Bless you and bring some peace to everyone.
Angela July 31, 2012 at 05:25 AM
I pray that the families find comfort in this very difficult time in there lives. God Blessings to you. May God keep you in the comfort of his hands.
AF July 31, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Has anyone heard how the little boy who was hurt is doing?
Silvia July 31, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Any updates on the driver and what caused him to crash into the vehicles?
A D July 31, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Out of respect for the families, I really wish that people would stop uploading photos. I am disgusted to know that people saw this as a photo opportunity. My husband and I were right there when it happened and I could barely tolerate looking at such tragedy. I can't imagine why someone would photograph it and post pictures. Those families are grieving. There are very kind messages left here but why should they have to see those photos every single time the come to read new messages. That's just my opinion.
Alice S August 01, 2012 at 12:37 AM
My husband told me of this tragedy yesterday. He and everyone at McMillan will miss their co-worker. It won't be the same without his sparkling personality walking thru the door. RIP to him and his cousin and may God bestow his peace and comfort upon their family and friends.
marta k August 01, 2012 at 05:59 AM
What car were the causins driving?
Jpascual August 01, 2012 at 06:46 AM
We were on the El Camino side going towards Smart and Final when we saw the scene. My family and I could not believe the aftermath while we were crossing that intersection. My family was praying and hoping that whoever was in the car that was smashed up, made it out alive. We are so saddened by their demise. We had just were on that same Robert same stop light and noticed the growing memorial on the corner of the street. It prompted me to check what happened. I am terribly sad for your family. I am still shaken by the thought of actually being on that very same spot with my 2 kids, on the same red light, knowing that these two people were just probably carrying on a conversation NOT knowing that they were in harms way...SMH!
Tony A. August 01, 2012 at 07:19 AM
My 16 year old daughter and I were out driving around as part of her driver's training on that tragic day. We were driving East on Sneath Lane. I told my daughter to change lanes so we can turn right and go South on El Camino Real. She did. We would've been parked behind the poor cousins' car otherwise. All of a sudden, like a bat out of hell, the black pick-up truck came barreling down on our left side, and rammed the poor cousins' car, which in turn hit the car in front of it. The two cars spun around like helicopters, hit the cars around them and then landed on the median. We all got out of our cars to help whomever needed help, but the paramedics, who happened to be behind us, asked everyone to get back in their cars and move. My daughter and I have been lucky and we got a new lease on life. I know we would be with Arnulfo Picazo and Usbaldo Gomez now, if we hadn't changed lanes. I'm telling you this only to re-affirm that only God knows why,when, how, and where! Our thoughts and prayers have been, and will always be with the families of both victims. May they both rest in peace in Heaven with their Maker. Also, we can't forget about the others who were injured. Godspeed to them all. As for the driver of the truck that caused that horrible accident, if he had a heart attack or a seizure, I hope he's okay. On the other hand, if he was under the influence, I hope they throw the book at him. Our sincere sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the victims' families. Tony
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 (Editor) 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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