CHULA VISTA, Calif. — A driver slammed into a man standing behind his AT&T work truck on a Chula Vista street Wednesday morning, leaving the worker badly hurt.
The crash happened on C Street and Date Avenue just before 11 a.m., according to Chula Vista Police Department. A 28-year-old man was headed west on C when he crashed into the parked truck.
Witnesses told FOX 5 the employee had been standing behind the white company pickup when the red sedan rammed into him and then the truck, dragging the man forward and knocking the vehicle further down the street.
“(It) hit him so severely that he, I believe, dragged him down the street and severed his legs,” Christina Rodriguez, who lives on the block, told FOX 5.
Police say the worker was left trapped under one of the cars involved in the crash. Firefighters, paramedics and police officers arrived, and a resident rushed over with a car jack to help lift the vehicle off the victim, police said. He was taken to the hospital with “serious life-threatening injuries.” The driver was also taken to the hospital, but his injuries were unknown, authorities said.
The driver only narrowly missed another worker, Rodriguez added. That employee jumped back at the last moment to avoid the car, according to the neighbor.
Traffic investigators had C Street blocked to traffic in the immediate area while they pieced together what happened. “At this time, drugs and alcohol are not believed to be a factor in the collision,” CVPD said.
Anyone that witnessed the crash or has additional information was asked to contact police.
Reached for comment Wednesday, an AT&T spokesperson shared the following statement: “We were saddened to learn about this tragic incident, and our thoughts are with this employee, his family, friends and colleagues. We will be cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation.”