Truck Crashes Near Corner of Foothill, Angeles Crest Highway

A truck traveling southbound on Angeles Crest Highway lost control Wednesday and careened through the 76 gas station on Foothill Boulevard, bringing back memories of a horrific 2009 collision at the same intersection that killed two people and injured 12 others. The crash is under investigation.

A driver said he was nearly killed Wednesday when a truck lost control near the intersection of Angeles Crest Highway and Foothill Boulevard.
Rich Jessup, a Flintridge Preparatory School alumnus and Glendale resident, said he was driving eastbound on Foothill Boulevard shortly after 11 a.m. when he heard a sound “like if a crane dropped a bunch of scrap metal.” He said he saw a box truck coming down on the sidewalk in the intersection near the 76 gas station, and moved his vehicle just in time to avoid a collision.
“It would have creamed me. I would have been dead,” Jessup said.
Sgt. Vincent Vanderhoeven of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station said a truck traveling southbound on Angeles Crest Highway suffered a mechanical failure before crashing into a sign and a boulder, coming to rest on the south corner of the intersection. Both the driver of the truck and the passenger suffered minor injuries, he added, and were taken to a local hospital.
The same intersection has long been plagued by collisions — some deadly. A crash there in 2009 killed two, a 12-year-old girl and her father, and injured at least 12 others.
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