18-wheeler crashes into occupied Fullerton apartment building – Orange County Register

A large Volvo tractor-trailer crashed into an apartment building in Fullerton Sunday morning, police said.

The male truck driver, 44, and a female passenger 42, were seriously injured and taken to the hospital, Fullerton Police Sgt. Jon Radus said.

A large tractor-trailer crashed into the North Hills apartment complex in Fullerton Sunday morning. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Five apartments in the North Hills apartment complex on the 600 block of Imperial Highway were evacuated and deemed uninhabitable, he said.

Three occupants in one of the apartments were taken to the hospital with minor injuries as a precaution, Radus said. They included a 40-year-old man, a 40-year-old woman and their 2-year-old daughter.

 

Radus said the initial investigation shows the tractor-trailer was traveling within the posted speed limit in the No. 3 lane of eastbound Imperial Highway shortly after 6 a.m. when it suddenly veered across lanes, struck the south curb line, and hit the apartment building, causing “major structural damage” to it.

The truck is labeled Bhandal Bros., of Hollister, CA.

Adilene Estrada, 13, and her brother Jesus Estrada, 16, live in an apartment that was demolished. The corner of the apartment where Jesus sleeps was completely taken out. Fortunately, Jesus spent the night with a cousin Saturday.

“I wouldn’t be talking to you if I had slept in my own bed, ” he said.

Josefina Estrada, 40, and her son Cristian Estrada, 18, were asleep when the truck rammed into the family’s second floor apartment.

“I thought it was an earthquake,” Josefina said.

She said she had minor injuries from drywall falling on her. She was taken by ambulance to a hospital but released soon afterward with bruising on her right side.

Cristian had run into the room…

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