Sleeping Teen Crashes Big Rig Off 210 Freeway

LAKE VIEW TERRACE (AP) — Authorities say a big rig driven by an unlicensed 16-year-old flipped as it rolled down an embankment in Los Angeles and landed within feet of a mobile home.

California Highway Patrol says the driver fell asleep early Tuesday morning on Interstate 210 in the San Fernando Valley. A 20-year-old and a teenage passenger were treated for minor injuries and the driver wasn’t immediately charged.

CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos says it appears the 20-year-old got tired and let the 16-year-old take the wheel as the rig drove some 300 miles from Livingston south to Ontario.

The truck, which also held a 3-year-old and another teen, was hauling whipped cream.

A person who lived in the home just feet from the crash said another rig carrying chocolate syrup crashed near his home a decade ago.

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