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8 Injured After U-Haul Truck Crashes Into Crowded Sidewalk In Downtown LA

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    U-Haul Crowd Crash Leaves 8 Hurt

    Eight people were hurt after a U-Haul truck crashed into a crowd in downtown LA Sunday. Rick Montanez reports for the NBC4 News at 9. (Published Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015)

    Eight people were injured after a suspected DUI driver crashed a U-Haul truck into a crowded sidewalk in downtown Los Angeles early Sunday morning, officials said. 

    The crash was reported just after 1:40 a.m. at the intersection of Spring Street and 7th Street, Los Angeles City Fire Department's Brian Humphrey said.

    "I was just walking up the street and I just saw the U-Haul go out of control ," said Philip Moore, a witness. "I heard three bangs and I guess he hit the motorcycle and the car, the light pole and the fire hyndrant."

    The driver was identified as 40-year-old Michael Maurice Wilson, according to LAPD's Central Traffic Division.

    U-Haul Truck Crashes into Crowd in Downtown LA

    [LA] U-Haul Truck Crashes into Crowd in Downtown LA
    A suspected DUI driver crashed into a crowd in downtown LA, injuring eight people. Rick Montanez reports for Today in LA on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015.
    (Published Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015)

    A U-Haul truck was traveling the wrong way, going eastbound on 7th Street in the westbound lanes, Los Angeles Police Department officials said. 

    The truck hit a parked vehicle before losing control and colliding with a motorcyclist and a sedan that was traveling southbound on Spring Street about to head westbound onto 7th Street, LAPD said.

    The U-Haul spun out of control, jumped a curb and struck pedestrians on a sidewalk before shearing a fire hydrant and a light pole. 

    Authorities confirmed there was a total of eight adult patients; three of whom were transported with critical injuries and five others with "lesser injuries."

    Wilson told police he smoked marijuana before the crash. Investigators also found cocaine inside the U-Haul truck.

    Wilson was taken into custody at the scene and was booked for felony DUI, LAPD said.

    NBC4's Rick Montanez contributed to this report.

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