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‘Mom, there’s a big rig in the back yard’

Posted: July 29, 2008 11:38 p.m.
Updated: September 30, 2008 5:02 a.m.

A big rig overturned and crashed into the wall of a residential lot on Bouquet Canyon Road and Camargo Drive in Saugus early Tuesday morning. The driver reportedly fell asleep on the wheel.

 

Hours before a magnitude 5.4 earthquake rolled through the valley Tuesday, a Saugus neighborhood was shaken up by an out of control truck driver.

At around 5 a.m. the driver of a big-rig carrying 30,000 pounds of Andersen's split pea soup was heading east on Bouquet Canyon Road near Camargo Drive when he apparently lost control, said Capt. Scott
Graham of Fire Station 111.

After scraping past a utility pole, the truck hopped the curb, rumbling down the sidewalk, smashing into brick walls and felling at least one tree before coming to a stop, the cab resting on its side, Graham said.

The 69-year-old driver climbed out, initially refusing medical attention before agreeing to be taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital for treatment of cuts to his left arm, Graham said.

"He said he fell asleep at the wheel," Graham said. "This guy was extremely lucky."

The collision took place about a quarter-mile west of Central Park, and Graham said while there were several joggers in the area no one other than the driver was injured.

He said one lane of Bouquet Canyon Road and a bicycle lane were cleaned up through the day while crews cleaned up the mess.

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