BREA ( — The driver of a big rig was arrested for suspected DUI Saturday following a crash in Brea involving at least 12 other vehicles, causing serious property damage and a minor fuel spill.

A spokesperson for the Brea Police Department told CBS2/KCAL9 the crash occurred around 2 a.m. in the 600 block of Birch Street.

Officials say 12-15 cars were hit, one of which plowed into a garage. A cinderblock wall could be seen knocked down in front of another home.

The axle on the big rig was broken and its fuel tank damaged, causing a 30-gallon fuel spill on the residential street, fire officials said.

Some residents compared the sensation of the crash to an earthquake, a freight train or heavy thunder.

“It sounded like thunder, right? And we came out and saw this … but we never thought it was going to be that big,” one man said.

Officials say a dog was also found in the big rig. The animal was placed in the care of Animal Control.

The owner of the tow company said the driver of the big rig was headed from Los Angeles to Montana. The driver’s identity was not immediately released.

Clean-up continued Saturday morning.


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