A big rig lost control while traveling down Angeles Crest Highway on Wednesday, killing two people and injuring 12 others as it collided into a busy intersection in La Cañada Flintridge.
Marcos Costa, 43, was driving down the highway when his brakes failed, said officials.
The big rig plowed into a red car, killing the occupants, Angel Jorge Posca, 58, and his daughter, Angelina, 12.
Five vehicles and 200 yards later, the truck smashed into Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse, at the intersection of Angeles Crest Highway and Foothill Boulevard.
“It was absolutely heartbreaking to see the accident and to think this could have been me,” said Liah Zirler, 19, “or my father, who uses ACH everyday during the time of the accident.”
Caltrans issued a 90-day ban on all big rig trucks traveling on the highway, which took
affect on Monday.
Rep. Anthony Portantino and State Senator Carol Liu have introduced emergency legislation to permanently ban trucks on Angeles Crest Highway.
According to Portantino’s office, they are working closely with Caltrans and California Highway Patrol to “formulate legislation to prevent an accident like this from happening again.”
“My prayers go to the Posca family and everyone who was injured,” said Zirler, “I truly thank God and feel blessed that I or my family was not involved in this horrific accident.”
According to officals, Costa’s truck was not in compliance with the highway’s weight restrictions.
Costa awaits an arraignment on Monday for two counts of vehicular manslaughter.
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