Driver veers off Route 78 curve, truck hits tree

A Huntington Beach man was taken to an area hospital with cuts to his face after his truck veered off a curve and hit a tree on State Route 78, near Weekend Villa Road, around 4 p.m., Monday, reported California Highway Patrol.

A tow truck pulls up to remove a truck that veered off State Route 78 near Weekend Villa Road when the driver reportedly fell asleep around 4 p.m., Monday. To the right is the tree that the truck hit and knocked down. Sentinel photo/Karen Brainard

According to CHP Officer Dan Matthews, the 35-year-old driver said he was fighting to stay awake and fell asleep as his Ford pickup truck came straight off a curve and knocked down a tree. Matthews said the tree already appeared to be dead. The CHP officer said no alcohol or reckless driving played a role in the accident.

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Posted by Karen Brainard on Apr 8 2013. Filed under Backcountry, Featured Story, News, Ramona, Sheriff/Fire. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

1 Comment for “Driver veers off Route 78 curve, truck hits tree”

  1. SVV

    It is reckless driving if you are fighting to stay awake and are behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. It's as dangerous as drunk driving.

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