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Monterey Park Fire Truck Crash

 


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MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — A Monterey Park firetruck heading to a blaze collided with another engine and then plowed into a restaurant, injuring 15 people including six firefighters, authorities said.

The crash Wednesday afternoon ripped through the front of Lu Dumpling House and left it littered with victims, witnesses said.

Wendy Wu, a waitress at the Chinese restaurant, was in a walk-in freezer when the truck hit and wasn't hurt.

"There was a loud boom and a lot of shaking. I thought it was an earthquake," she said. Walking out of the freezer, she saw a refrigerator pushed across the room and furniture in disarray.

Speaking through an interpreter, Wu said she saw several injured people bleeding and trying to stand.

Waitress Vivian Lu arrived for her shift moments after the truck rammed the building. She said she saw "a lot of people covered with blood," including a pedestrian with a mangled leg who had been knocked into the restaurant.

Most of the 15 people hurt had minor injuries but one person — not a firefighter — was hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said.

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