Overturned Brinks Truck Snarls PCH Traffic in Pacific Palisades

An overturned Brinks truck in the southbound lanes of Pacific Coast Highway, at Entrada Road, snarled and delayed traffic for close to four hours on June 14. PCH, Chautauqua, Entrada and Sunset were all impacted. The accident is under investigation.

Christine Darrin was a passenger in a northbound car that was approaching Patrick’s Road house around 11:30 a.m. “I saw the truck come through the signal. Then, it was like slo-motion, the whole truck was tipping over.”

According to a police officer on the site, the truck came down Chautauqua and made a left onto PCH. Shortly after going through the narrow lane onto the highway, the truck tipped over onto its side and blocked two southbound traffic lanes.

Overturned truck on PCH southbound on June 14, 2017. Credit: Sue Pascoe

Overturned truck on PCH southbound on June 14, 2017. Credit: Sue Pascoe

When the truck fell, it hit a small roadside yellow pole, which went through the windshield of the truck, narrowing missing the driver, who escaped injury.

“Cars pulled over,” Darrin said. “A man and woman were immediately at the window of the truck to see if they could help the driver.”

Backed up vehicles on Chautauqua due to a PCH accident on June 14, 2017 Credit: Sue Pascoe

Backed up vehicles on Chautauqua due to a PCH accident on June 14, 2017 Credit: Sue Pascoe

19095557_1358545457557973_2313165287406052653_o

Around 1:15, workers started to unload boxes in the truck. There was change on the road, that included pennies, nickels and dimes, leaving one passerby to comment, “Wasn’t parking meter money in that truck.”

About 28 metal, locked boxes had to be unloaded and when a second truck arrived around 2 p.m., that truck was loaded. Once the damaged truck was empty, a tow trucker driver righted it shortly before 3 p.m. and all lanes of traffic were reopened.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *