SAN DIEGO, CA — One person was hospitalized Thursday morning after a dump truck crashed off an Interstate 8 exit ramp in San Diego’s Mission Valley area, reports NBC San Diego.
The accident happened on the offramp from I-8 westbound to Morena Boulevard, shortly after 10:14 a.m.
According to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, the dump truck crashed through bridge railing and dropped over the left side of the offramp. Officials said the truck fell about 30 to 50 feet before landing on the riverbed below.
SDFD crews worked for about 40 minutes to extricate the driver and sole occupant of the truck. Officials said the patient was then rushed to UC San Diego Health with “major to moderate injuries.”
Multiple rescue crews responded to the scene, prompting a closure of the ramp that lasted at least three hours.
An investigation into the cause of the crash was underway, but speed is believed to have played a role.
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