A driver of a city sanitation truck was injured this morning after his truck crashed into the front yard of a Lincoln Heights home. Maria Paredes said she and her family were in the back of the house in the 2500 block of Johnston Street singing “Happy Birthday” to her husband when they heard the crash. “We all came out running … there was a lot of smoke,” she said. What they found was a green Bureau of Sanitation truck that had tumbled into their front yard, knocking down a fence and smashing the window awnings on the front of the house. Parades said a relative with a two-year-old were in the front of the house watching TV when the crash took place but no one in the house suffered injuries.
Neighbors said the crash happened at about 10:30 a.m. as the truck was coming down a steep hill on Minnesota Street where it meets Johnston. One neighbor said he saw the driver of the truck emerge from the window of the vehicle. He was walking around but bleeding, said Steven Pineda, who lives at the corner of Minnesota and Johnston.
Two large cranes has lifted the truck out of the front yard by about 1 p.m.
* Update at 3:28 p.m.: The truck allegedly lost its brakes as it was headed down hill on Minnesota Street, according to preliminary information provided by Bureau of Public Works spokesman Richard Lee. The driver, Arthur Sanchez, tried evasive maneuvers but lost control of the truck, which flipped on its left side and slid into the yard of the Johnston Street home. Sanchez was taken to L.A.County USC -Medical Center for observation.
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