Santa Barbara Truck Crash: 3 Killed When Out-of-Control Truck Slams Into Home
08/30/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley
Santa Barbara, CA– Three people were tragically killed when an out-of-control truck slammed into home, leaving it completely leveled on Tuesday, August 24, 2010. Police officials believe that the truck’s brakes failed when it flew off an embankment and subsequently crushed the home, as reported by the Associated Press.
Officials reported that a truck hauling tons of gravel was traveling along State Highway 154, when witnesses said they saw smoke pouring from underneath the truck as it drove down a hill on the highway. The truck barreled through two intersections and hit two parked cars, before the truck plowed down a driveway into the 1,000-square-foot house. Santa Barbara County fire Capt. David Sadecki said the truck “completely flattened it [the house].”
Emergency crews rushed to the scene, where they eagerly dug out the debris and gravel underneath the truck to reach the victims. The accident killed the occupants of the house, who were identified as Leo Leon, 23; his wife Lorena, 27; and their 7-year-old son.
The driver of the truck, Joaquin Garcia Morales escaped the accident with only a minor facial cut.
Reportedly, Morales suspected something might be wrong with his brakes after picking up the load of gravel, but he decided they were good enough to keep driving.
The California Highway Patrol does not think alcohol was a factor. The CHP is investigating the wreck.
Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for California automobile accident lawyers.