Crash sends car barreling through backyard wall


A car crashed through a retaining wall and into a backyard in El Cajon.

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EL CAJON, Calif. -- Two people were hurt after a collision sent a car barreling through a retaining wall and into the backyard of a nearby home just outside El Cajon Tuesday morning.

A caller told the California Highway Patrol that the driver of the Ford Mustang may have been racing with another motorist just before the car crashed into a pickup truck at Jamacha and Grove Roads shortly after 7:30 a.m., according to the CHP.

The pickup truck came to a stop on the roadside. However, the Mustang veered off the road, went about 30 feet down an embankment and landed in a yard alongside Grove Road, according to the CHP. The crumpled car ended up just feet from the house.

Both drivers were hospitalized following the crash with injuries of unknown severity, according to the CHP and Cal Fire.

Officer Christian Lara from the California Highway Patrol said drag racing could have been a factor in the crash.

"Preliminary reports indicated it was a possibility of two vehicles that had been racing, one being the black Ford Mustang," Lara said.

Neighbors say it wasn't the first time a car has crashed through the same barrier into the yard. They say speed should be controlled on Jamacha Road.

"Fix the problem. They have to do something to slow the traffic here down. This is not the first accident," a neighbor told FOX 5. "Not only cops to watch people to give them tickets. They have to do something.  People are dying on Jamacha."

CHP is investigating.

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