Four people were killed almost instantly and nine others were injured, authorities said. Two of the injured victims suffered major trauma.
Yikes! What happened?
[A] pickup swerved over a San Diego-CoronadoBridge retaining wall and plunged 60 or more feet onto vendors’ sales booths during a festival in Chicano Park.
The driver was traveling from a northbound lane on Interstate 5 west onto the bridge when he lost control of his GMC pickup about 3:45 p.m. The tan truck with Texas license plates landed steps away from a stage, where the Los Angeles blues-roots band The 44s was in the middle of its performance, witnesses said.
“I saw a truck come right off the freeway. It was going so fast it flew over the stage and landed in front of the stage on a tent, a booth that was set up,” said Chase Dameron, who was about 30 feet away.
Hmmm… we smell the unmistakeable aroma of Judgment Juice™. Are we right?
The driver, who was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, was in shock within seconds of the crash and asked witnesses who rushed to his aid to please contact his commander at a nearby military base.
The dead were a couple who had participated in a motorcycle rally, and were browsing in a t-shirt vendor’s tent, and the couple operating the concession in the tent. They were killed instantly by the falling truck. The drunken sailor in the truck apparently was not seriously injured, although he was arraigned in the hospital. The nine injured were all expected to recover, although one woman had a compound fracture of the femur; for her, the recovery road will be long.