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Sewage Waste Truck Crashes After Driver Loses Control
Contact: Captain Patrick Halleran, Public Information Officer - Belmont Police & Fire Departments (650) 595-7430
A sewage waste truck traveling down a steep grade collided with a fence and parked van, finally coming to rest in the front yard of a home Friday afternoon. There were no injuries and the cause is under investigation.
On Friday, 4/7/17 at approximately 2pm, Belmont Police & Fire units responded to the 1100 block of Broadway on a report of a traffic collision involving a sewage waste truck. Upon arrival, officers found the truck in the front yard of a home.
The driver told officers that he was driving down Talbryn Drive, after servicing portable toilets a job site up the hill. As he was approaching the intersection with Paloma Avenue, he began to experience problems with the truck's brakes. Talbryn Drive has a significant down hill grade and the driver lost control of the truck, which weighed approximately 26,000 pounds.
The truck proceeded across Paloma Avenue and struck at fence and stop sign at the corner of Paloma Avenue and Broadway. The truck continued down Broadway, striking a parked van and pushed the van into the front yard of a home. The sewage truck finally came to rest in the front yard of a home in the 1100 block of Broadway, damaging a fence and landscaping at that location.
The driver, a 54 year old Oakland man, was checked at the scene by paramedics and was found to be uninjured. The 1100 block of Broadway was closed for approximately 2 1/2 hours until the truck could be towed. The cause of the collision is under investigation and mechanical failure has not been established.
The Scene in the 1100 block of Broadway