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Dump truck goes out of control, crashes through fence

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EL CAJON (CBS 8) - An investigation is underway into what caused a dump truck driver to lose control and crash through fields and fences.

The CHP says the dump truck was towing a trailer loaded with heavy equipment, when it went through an intersection and crashed.

It happened Saturday night at the end of La Cresta Road at Greenfield Drive in El Cajon.

Despite the messy scene, no one was seriously hurt.

"It came crashing through a little bit of my fence," said witness Riley Adams.

A big truck towing construction equipment came to a crashing halt in Riley Adams' backyard Saturday night, while he and his family were watching a movie.

"I thought it was an explosion...in the back yard," he said.  

The truck driver blew through several fences at the intersection where La Cresta Road ends at Greenfield Drive in El Cajon.

Adams says someone use to live in the trailer that the several ton truck destroyed.

"I'm just happy no one was back there because there would have been someone dead," he said.

Tommy Alegria lives across the street and says he see saw the driver wander away from the scene and disappear around 10 p.m.

"He was stumbling around and holding his shoulder, because I guess he dislocated his shoulder," said Algeria.

But a few hours later, CHP officers located the unidentified driver.

"We did an extensive search and located the driver....minor injuries and received medical attention," said CHP Brian Pennings.

Video footage shows all the equipment the truck was towing when it crashed. The load was left in Alegria's front yard.

While the exact cause of the crash is still being determined, local residents say this intersection is a problem area for crashes.

"There's been so many things when people fly down La Cresta and crash into this," said Adams. 

No one was badly injured. Officers are still trying to determine if the driver was impaired or if the truck had a mechanical failure.

The CHP tells News 8 that the truck belongs to a private trucking company, and the driver is not in custody.


EL CAJON (CNS) - A man suspected of crashing a dump truck through fields and fencing, and destroying private property, was recuperating Sunday in a hospital, a CHP officer said.

The crash was at 9:40 p.m. Saturday where La Cresta Road ends at Greenfield Drive, northeast of El Cajon, CHP East County PIO Brian Pennings said.

Officers said the dump truck was towing a trailer loaded with equipment, which went through the intersection and crashed into an unoccupied travel trailer, Pennings said.

Pennings said a subsequent search uncovered the suspected dump truck driver.

"He sustained minor to moderate injuries and was taken for medical attention," Pennings said.

The CHP officer said the dump truck was impounded and a mechanical inspection will be performed on it to determine if mechanical failure caused the crash.

The registered owner of the vehicle was contacted to find out who was supposed to be driving the dump truck, Pennings said.

No estimate of property damages was given.

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