Truck Carrying Minivan, Household Items Crashes Into Caltrans Building

The driver of a big rig lost control and veered off the 60 Freeway and crashed into a Caltrans building in Pomona Wednesday morning, said CHP officials.

The crash happened at 3:06 a.m., at 2700 Garey Avenue, said police. Highway patrol investigators said the driver blamed the crash on being tired.

The shipping container that the truck was carrying came from Aruba, according to the CHP. It contained household items and a Toyota Sienna minivan.

Officers said it appears a family was using the truck to move items to the United States.

“The big rig driver was traveling eastbound 60 in the No. 4 lane at approximately 55 miles per hour,” said CHP Officer Raleigh Quinones. “He fell asleep at the wheel, he swerved to his right, went through the guardrail, continued through the intersection, up a curb and into the Caltrans maintenance yard."

Part of the big rig became wedged inside the building, but the driver was able to walk away from the crash with minor injures, officials said. The truck was wedged inside the mechanic's office, which was not occupied at the time of the early morning crash.

A hazardous materials team was called to the scene to check out a possible fuel spill and the report of a fire, but no problems were found, said L.A. County Fire officials. 

Authorities are bringing in heavy equipment to remove the truck, which is expected to take several hours.

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