Big Rig Collides into Apartment Complex
On Sunday, April 30, 2017 at approximately 6:03 AM, Fullerton Police Officers responded to the 600 block of Imperial Highway regarding reports that an 18 wheeler/ Tractor/Trailer had collided into an apartment building.
Upon arrival, officers confirmed that a Volvo tractor/trailer had in fact collided into an occupied apartment complex and that no other vehicles were involved in the collision.
Fullerton Fire Department’s Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) responded as well. With their assistance, Officers immediately began evacuating occupants of the apartment complex due to concerns over the building’s structural integrity due to the collision and impact of the Tractor/Trailer. A total of five apartments in the complex were evacuated and they have been deemed uninhabitable due to safety concerns.
The male truck driver (44), and a female passenger (42), were both transported to local trauma centers for treatment. Three occupants in one of the apartments were also transported to a local area hospital with minor injuries as a precaution as well: a 40-year-old male, a 40-year-old female, and their 2-year-old daughter.
Initial investigation indicates that that Volvo Tractor/Trailer was traveling within the posted speed limit in the #3 lane of eastbound Imperial Highway when it suddenly veered across lanes, struck the south curb-line, and made impact with apartment complex, causing major structural damage to the building.
The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information about the collision is encouraged to contact Fullerton Police Accident Investigator Corporal S. Bailor at (714) 738-6813. Those wishing to provide information anonymously can call the Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1(855) TIP-OCCS or can visit their website at www.occrimestoppers.org.