18-Wheel Truck Plows Into Apartment Building; 5 Hurt

FULLERTON (CBSLA.com) — Authorities say five people were hurt when an 18-wheel truck plowed into an occupied apartment complex in Fullerton Sunday morning.

Fullerton police responded to the 600 block of Imperial Highway just after 6 a.m. following reports of the tractor-trailer into a building.

When they arrived on scene, they located the big rig inside the building, and began evacuating residents.

Police said five apartments were evacuated, and those units have been deemed uninhabitable due to safety concerns. Crews spent all day Sunday putting a barrier around the hole in the building.

Authorities said the truck driver and a passenger were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. A couple and their 2-year-old child who were inside their apartment at time of impact were also transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

“My mom was in the house, and I guess everything fell on her,” said Adilene Estrada, whose mother was hurt in the crash. “She got injured, her right side, all her right side hurt. I usually sleep in the corner where the accident happened. So if I were to be there… I don’t know what would have happened with me.”

Police said an initial investigation review that the tractor-trailer was traveling within the posted speed limit along Imperial Highway when it suddenly veered across lanes, struck a curb, and plowed into the building.

CBS2 contacted the company whose name was on the side of the truck, but was told no one was available for comment.

The cause of the collision is not yet known. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about the crash was asked to call Cpl. Bailor at (714) 738-6813 with the Fullerton Police Department.

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