Trash Truck Catches Fire, Crashes Into Front Yard of Monterey Park Home

A trash truck caught fire before rolling down a hill and crashing into the front yard of a home in Monterey Park Monday morning.

Video shot by Max Palomera and shared with KTLA on March 18, 2018 shows a flaming trash truck as it rolled down a hill and crashed into the front yard of a Monterey Park home.

Video shot by Max Palomera and shared with KTLA on March 18, 2018 shows a flaming trash truck as it rolled down a hill and crashed into the front yard of a Monterey Park home.

The incident was reported about 10:40 a.m. near the intersection of South Abajo Drive and West Verde Vista Drive, according to the Monterey Park Fire Department.

The truck was engulfed in flames and stopped on the road, before it rolled down a hill, hit a car parked on the street and crashed into the front yard of a home, video shot by Southern California Edison utility worker Max Palomera shows.

Firefighters were already at the scene dealing with the blaze when the truck continued moving, the video shows.

Aerial video from Sky5 showed the truck stopped just feet ahead of the front door of the home.

The truck, yard and streets around the scene appeared charred from the flames.

The fire was eventually knocked down and firefighters at the scene were going through the contents of the truck to make sure the blaze was fully extinguished, aerial video showed. The truck appeared to be carrying tree trimmings and other vegetation.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Monterey Park Fire Department Capt. Scott Kelley said it appears to be accidental in nature. The cause is not related to the contents of the truck, he added.

It appears the heat of the flames burned out the brakes, causing the truck to roll down the street, Kelley said.

The driver was able to make it out of the truck safely and no other injuries were reported.

“We were changing out a transformer and then all of a sudden we seen a big ball of fire,” Palomera told KTLA. He said that's when he started recording video on his phone.

“The truck blew up and started rolling down the hill then it hit the house and people started running out of the house,” Palomera said.

Homeowner Richard Favela told KTLA that he heard the truck exploding and saw it rolling down the hill.

“All of a sudden it started coming toward me,” Favela said.

The home did not appear to have sustained much damage, other than the remnants of the crash on the yard.

Los Angeles County health officials and representatives from the trash company also responded to the scene to assess the situation.

Crews respond to a home in Monterey Park after a trash truck that was on fire crashed into the front yard on March 18, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

Crews respond to a home in Monterey Park after a trash truck that was on fire crashed into the front yard on March 18, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

KTLA's Kristina Bravo contributed to this story.

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