Driver survives 50-foot plunge off freeway ramp

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SAN DIEGO -- A man was seriously injured Sunday when his truck launched off a freeway transition ramp in Mission Valley and fell more than 50 feet before hitting a building.

The crash was reported to the CHP at 2:56 p.m. at the connector-ramp from westbound Interstate 8 to northbound Interstate 805, according to a CHP dispatcher. The truck launched off the ramp and fell more than 50 feet before hitting the roof and the side of the Dave & Buster's restaurant at 2931 Camino Del Rio North.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department personnel dispatched at 3 p.m. found the driver inside the truck with injuries, according to a SDFRD dispatcher. The truck came to a rest upright next to the restaurant after hitting the roof and side of the building.

A paramedic told a dispatcher the man was alert but complaining of severe back pain. The paramedic estimated the truck fell from a height of 50 to 75 feet.

The man was extracted from the damaged vehicle and taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital for treatment, according to the paramedic.

A friend of the driver posted on the Fox5 Facebook page that he worked for the U.S. Navy and has a son and pregnant wife, neither were in the truck at the time of the crash.

Cal Trans tweeted at 3:21 p.m. that the connector-ramp overpass from westbound I-8 to northbound I-805 was closed.

Officials examined the restaurant to ensure its structural integrity and it reopened soon after.


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