Delivery truck crashes into parked cars, shears power pole in Rolando

No one was behind the wheel of the truck

SAN DIEGO - A delivery truck with no one at the wheel rolled downhill on a Rolando-area street, crashed into three parked cars and knocked over a power pole Sunday.

The truck's brakes gave out and it crashed on Gayle Street, between Rock and Hughes streets, shortly before 1:30 p.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

The truck barely missed a house where a family was inside sleeping. When asked what the crash sounded like, neighbor Ethel Delony answered, "A boom, like a bomb, boom … Sparks were coming from that pole to that pole to here."

Firefighters say movers were delivering furniture to a home when the brakes failed. Neighbors say a worker was in the back of the truck at the time. They watched anxiously as he tried to jump to safety.

"When it started to move the guy jumped out of the back, hurt himself," said neighbor Shaul Danyiel.

He immediately jumped into action after the truck crashed into three parked cars.

"I came out here real fast to make sure – the vehicles – I wanted to see if somebody was in there and if they needed help," said Danyiel.

No one was injured, a fire dispatcher said.

According to SDG&E's outage map, about 130 customers in the area were without power. Service was not restored until just before 6:30 a.m. Monday.

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