Los Angeles Fire Department

Cement Truck Rolls Downhill, Crashes Into Garage

Officials from building and safety were called out on Saturday after a cement truck rolled down a hill, crossed a street and struck the garage of a single-story home in the Mount Washington area of Los Angeles.

Firefighters and paramedics were called out to the scene in the 3800 block of North Glenalbyn Drive at 10:13 a.m., authorities said. 

Witnesses saw the driver of the truck get out of the truck then moments later watched the truck back up straight down the hill. 

The truck plunged about 100 feet down the hill into the home. The owner of the home, Alice Garcia, was in her bedroom when the crash happened.

"I never imagined this truck would come flying over this big hill into my house," said Garcia. 

No injuries were reported.

Fuel from the truck leaked out onto the ground and firefighters created a dike to limit the spread of the fuel as well as the environmental impact, said Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The truck also took out power lines when it rolled down the hill, leaving nearby businesses and neighbors without power, according to police.

The Department of Water and Power is working to restore the power while the Los Angeles Fire Department is working to tow the car out of the garage. 

"No one was occupying the garage at the time of the collision and the driver had previously evacuated vehicle himself from the truck," Prange said. "Firefighters have retrieved medications and personal belongings for three adults that could potentially be displaced."

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