Truck driver abandoned injured passengers after crash, cops say

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SAN DIEGO — A man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and hit-and-run Wednesday after allegedly crashing a flatbed truck and abandoning his two passengers, who were injured when they were ejected onto the roadway.

FlatbedRolloverThe 29-year-old truck driver, whose name was not immediately available, lost control of the westbound 1991 GMC work vehicle in the 2900 block of Genesee Avenue while trying to avoid hitting cars stopped at a red light at Park Mesa Parkway shortly before 10 a.m., according to San Diego police.

The truck skidded and overturned, hurling out the two men riding alongside the driver, SDPD Officer Frank Cali said.

The driver then allegedly pulled a U-turn and drove off to the east.

One of the passengers suffered fractured ribs and a collapsed lung, and the other was left with bruises and scrapes, Cali said. Medics took both men, ages 55 and 29, respectively, to a hospital.

Officers found the driver nearby and took him into custody, Cali said.

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