Witnesses to last night’s accident involving an asphalt truck are filling in the details. It appears the truck driver knew his brakes were failing and tried to warn other drivers. The following accounts were posted in our comments section.
As a witness to the event I feel pretty confident noting that the dump truck driver knew the crash was going to happen and did everything they could to prevent major damage. Once they realized the truck would not stop they lay on the trucks horn for a good mile, yet drivers were mostly unaware. Coming up the hill Northbound I saw as the driver was unable to slow, I assume the breaks malfunctioned, and tried to maneuver down the steep hill away from the bulk of cars stopped at the light ahead. He had to swerve into the intersection to avoid a small sedan that was unaware or unable to move as the loudly honking truck approached. I hope the driver and all involved are safe tonight. It was a lesson, for me, in alert driving. Had drivers on the road paid more attention to the honking, rumbling truck flying down the hill less damage would have occurred.
This is the best response I have seen anywhere. I was in the Starbucks parking lot wondering why someone was honking like crazy. When I saw the truck come to the intersection it was obvious his brakes went out. It was an unfortunate thing to witness, but he did everything he could. And all the people that fled to the area to make sure people were okay was amazing. So great job with your additional information.
I was in a Black Honda Civic at the front of the “straight lane” going through the intersection (I was next to the Grey Honda Accord). I would have been going through the intersection (my light was green) but the Silver Dodge Ram ran a red light to turn North Bound on 99′. This is the only reason I was not in the intersection at the time the dump truck hit the truck. I feel so lucky the dodge ran the light (not because he got hurt and I didnt, but because his truck was able to take that kind of impact and not completely destroy my vehicle and kill me). It was a very traumatic experience but seeing how everyone was there to help the other drivers was amazing. Amada’s post is right on, the dump truck driver had no way of stopping this accident from happening. For how many cars the dump truck driver avoided he did a great job manuevering his vehicle in the situation he was in. The guy in the Silver Dodge, I am not “mad” at him for running the red light, but because i heard he was not in too bad of shape I hope he learned his lesson yesterday and wont run red lights anymore.