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Four dead, several injured after truck crashes off San Diego bridge

Car landed on crowd in nearby park
Posted: 10:13 PM, Oct 15, 2016
Updated: 2016-10-15 22:13:28-04
4 dead after truck falls off San Diego bridge
4 dead after truck falls off San Diego bridge
4 dead after truck falls off San Diego bridge
4 dead after truck falls off San Diego bridge
4 dead after truck falls off San Diego bridge

SAN DIEGO — Four people are dead and several others injured, one seriously, after a pickup truck flew off San Diego bridge and landed on a crowd of people in a nearby oark, the San Diego Police Department said.

The crash happened around 3:34 p.m. when a driver in a GMC pickup truck was traveling northbound onto the Coronado Bridge. According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver lost control and the truck fell about 60 feet below.

Four people attending a La Raza motorcycle event at Chicano Park were killed when the truck crashed into them.

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The driver of the truck was placed under arrest for being under the influence of alcohol when the crash occurred, according to CHP Officer Jake Sanchez.

The driver was transported to UCSD Medical Center with major injuries. Eight others were injured, one seriously, and four were killed.

San Diego Police said officers were nearby when the crash happened and helped to make way for firefighters. They said people attending the event helped to lift the truck off of people. 

The westbound onramp to the Coronado Bridge will be closed for several hours. Drivers are advised to take The Strand.