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Truck still wedged in La Mesa church as attendees gather

Posted at 12:44 PM, Mar 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-10 17:27:04-04

LA MESA, Calif. (KGTV) -- Church-goers in La Mesa attended a service Sunday even as a truck that crashed into the building Wednesday remained wedged in the structure.

The large tree-trimming truck crashed into the side of the San Diego Taiwanese Presbyterian Church Wednesday.

According to a witness, the crew in charge of the truck was working on the 4400 block of Harbison Avenue around 1:30 p.m. when the vehicle began rolling down a hill.

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Video shows the truck start to roll before someone in a bright orange shirt begins to chase the vehicle, but is too late.

Fortunately, no one was inside the building at the time of the crash, though the church says several children and volunteers were close by at the time, calling it a miracle that no one was hit.

"We all watched helplessly as there was nothing we could do," Rob Engquist, a witness, said. "Turns out they had gone out to reposition it, moved their wheel chalk out of the way, don't know if the parking break was set or what happened, but the truck was going down the road on its own."

A witness also told 10News that the truck was originally headed for a home next to the church but hit a curb and careened toward the church instead.