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Dump truck crashes off I-8 connector in Mission Valley

A trash truck crashed through a guardrail, causing hours-long freeway closure.
Credit: CBS 8
A trash truck crashed through the guardrail off I-8 on June 23, 2022.

SAN DIEGO — A dump truck veered out of control and crashed off a Mission Valley freeway off-ramp Thursday, leaving the driver injured, causing a fuel spill and forcing a closure of traffic lanes in the area for hours.

The commercial vehicle careened off the elevated exit from westbound Interstate 8 to Morena Boulevard about 10:15 a.m., landing in the bed of the San Diego River, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Paramedics took the driver to a hospital for treatment of trauma of unknown severity, CHP public-affairs Officer Jesse Matias said.

Authorities shut down the off-ramp along with the Morena Boulevard exit from eastbound I-8 to allow for cleanup and investigation, Matias said. The closures were ongoing as of mid-afternoon, according to the Highway Patrol.

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