It was about 11am when a cement truck going southbound on Loma Vista Drive lost control. It hit 10 cars. 6 were totaled. It knocked down several trees and utility poles. After all that the truck flipped and ended up on its side. Police say the driver was ejected from the truck. He was taken to a local hospital in serious condition.
Oscar Reyes is a mechanic for A & A Ready Mixed. It's A & A's cement truck that was involved in the accident. Reyes says when a truck is fully loaded it can shift when it loses control. He said if it is carrying 'wetter' cement, which is something a customer may prefer, the drum will have more movement as the truck is moving. Cement that is less wet and dries faster requires a slower moving drum. Either way, if a truck driver loses control, the truck is likely to tumble as this one did.
It's not clear at this point if speed, bad brakes or human error played a role in the cause of the accident. All of that is under investigation.
In March, LAPD Officer Nicholas Lee was killed not far from the same spot. Retired contractor Sheldon Slayton says it was very similar in that "a truck that lost his brakes... and he swerved across and instead (of hitting his house) he hit the police car and flattened it out."
Sheldon Slayton says that accident that killed the LAPD Officer flashed through his mind on this one. When the A&A truck went down he called 911 for help. He says there is concern here about big trucks rolling through this residential neighborhood. Says Slayton, "I'm concerned big trucks anywhere losing breaks and especially on this street Loma Vista. It's a steep street. There's not a stop sign from the top of the hill all the way down to the bottom of it."
Beverly Hills Police say they're concerned about it too. Ever since Lee's death they've had more patrols in the area while the city council has been looking at more stringent measures for truck safety in this residential area.
The difficulty in all of this is there is construction going on in the hills. That's why the heavy equipment and that's why the cement truck was up there that caused so much damage on Loma Linda Drive.