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UPS truck crashes into Southern California home, leaving at least two people dead

by Lester Blair
Fire and safety crews work the scene of a small plane crash, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Santee, Calif. At least two people were killed and two others were injured when the plane crashed into a suburban Southern California neighborhood, setting two homes ablaze, authorities said.
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At least two people were killed and two injured after a small plane crashed into multiple homes and vehiclesin a suburban Southern California neighborhood Monday, officials said.

According to Fire Chief John Garlow, the crash occurred shortly after noon, in Santee about 20 miles north of San Diego. 

The plane, a twin-engine Cessna 340, struck several homes and multiple vehicles, including aUPS TruckGarlow stated that the house was severely damaged. He said that three homes sustained “major damage”, and that two of them were totally burned.

Two people were killed and two more suffered burns, Justin Matsushita, deputy fire chief, told reporters. He said that there were more victims.

“It’s a pretty brutal scene,” Matsushita said.

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The identity of the UPS driver wasn’t immediately knownamong the dead or injured, officials said.

Garlow also said that it wasn’t clear whether any one was in the affected homes. The sheriff’s department was checking inside nearby homes, too, he said.

Jennifer Ward told USA TODAY she was sitting at home watching a movie when she felt the house shake.

Fire crews work the scene of a small plane crash, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Santee, Calif. At least two people were killed and two others were injured when the plane crashed into a suburban Southern California neighborhood, setting two homes ablaze, authorities said.

Ward said, “I was afraid a tree would fall on my house.” One street away from Ward, the plane crashed. Ward stated that she drove down this road several times per day.

Ward’s home and Santana High School were hit by the plane. Students at Santana temporarily went into secure locations and were later released.

“All the kids at the school were really scared because they didn’t know what was going on, and the school was shaking, too,” said Ward, whose 15-year-old son attends Santana.

Neighbors watch fire crews near the scene of a small plane crash, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Santee, Calif. At least two people were killed and two others were injured when the plane crashed into a suburban Southern California neighborhood, setting two homes ablaze, authorities said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were investigating.

The American Red Cross of Southern California set up a temporary evacuation center at a nearby YMCA.

San Diego Sheriff’s Department: “We extend our deepest sympathy to the loved one of the victims in today’s airplane crash.” On Twitter

Garlow stated that Santee has been the site of other crashes in recent times. A crash in a commercial area in 2015 killed a pilot, he said. A pilot was also killed in another crash that occurred 10 years ago, he stated.



Source: USAToday.com

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