SAN FRANCISCO -- A runaway tow truck crashed into at least 10 parked cars Monday in San Francisco's Inner Sunset neighborhood, causing two injuries, authorities said.
The crash happened on Third Avenue between Irving Street and Parnassus Avenue at about 10:30 a.m. when an Alpha Tow Services tow truck with a car that was being off-loaded began rolling backward on the hilly street, said Officer Samson Chan, a Police Department spokesman.
The car broke away from the 2005 Freightliner truck and crashed into a tree, authorities said. The woman who owns the car was near it when the mishap occurred and suffered minor injuries, Chan said.
The tow truck then rolled half a block down Third and hit and seriously damaged 10 parked cars, Chan said. Several other parked cars suffered minor damage, he said.
A person sitting in one of the parked cars suffered minor injuries.
The circumstances of the incident remain under investigation, Chan said.
The manager of Alpha Tow Services, who would only identify himself as David, said the mishap occurred as a result of slippery bricks on Third. "Those bricks get moist and wet," he said.
David also said the driver of the truck, whom he declined to name, had neglected to put rubber blocks behind the tires of the truck, which was in park.
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010
CA Tow Truck Rolls Away, Damages 10 Cars
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