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Airborne Truck Crashes Into Magnolia Avenue Townhome

The driver and passenger in a flatbed truck suffered moderate injuries after their vehicle lost control, sped down Skylark Drive and flew off an elevated parking deck and into a townhome on Friday afternoon.

 

Two employees were injured when a roofing company's truck crashed into a townhouse on Magnolia Avenue in Larkspur this afternoon, San Rafael and Larkspur fire officials said.

The driver either lost control of the large flatbed truck or the truck had a mechanical failure as it headed downhill on steep Skylark Drive around 2 p.m., Larkspur Fire Chief Bob Sinnott said.

The name of the roofing company was not immediately available.

Because if its speed, the truck became airborne and went off an elevated parking deck at 9 Skylark Drive, then struck the second and third floor of an adjacent townhouse at 883 Magnolia Ave., Sinnott said.

The townhouse residents were not home at the time, Sinnott said.

The crash crushed the cab of the truck, trapping the two employees inside, Sinnott said. It took firefighters between 30 and 60 minutes to free the men, who were taken to Marin General Hospital.

San Rafael fire Chief Chris Gray said the driver suffered fractures of his lower extremities and the passenger had moderate injuries.

Diego Towing of San Rafael stabilized and removed the truck from the townhouse, Gray said.

An entire side of the townhouse was destroyed and building inspectors declared it uninhabitable, Gray said. The elevated carport deck also was significantly damaged.

Adjoining townhouses in the eight-unit complex sustained minor damage, Sinnott said.

Firefighters from Kentfield, San Rafael, Corte Madera and Southern Marin fire departments and the Twin Cities Police Department responded.

— Bay City News Services

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