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Sometimes the steering wheel just seems to have a mind of its own...or, so this driver said

DAVID F. ASHTON - When the steering wheel somehow slipped from the drivers hands, this rented U-Haul truck smashed into a parked Dodge Caravan and a parked Buick on S.E. 52nd Avenue. With a mighty crash, a rented U-Haul box truck, headed southbound on S.E. 52nd Avenue, sideswiped one car before plowing in the back end of another. It happened at 1:17 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, September 4th, in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood.

"My neighbor said she heard the engine speed up as the truck came closer and sideswiped her car – then ran into the back of my Caravan," remarked a neighbor, as he sat in front of his house in the 6900 block of 52nd Avenue. "That U-Haul truck hit my car so hard that my Bluetooth speaker, clipped to the sun visor, flew all the way to the back of the car."

Both the front end of the truck, and the rear end of Dodge Caravan, sustained substantial damage; the side of the Buick was scarred from front to back and its side mirror was snapped off.

Although it was originally reported as an injury accident, East Precinct officers checked on the truck's driver, and found no injury. And, an officer told THE BEE that the other two cars were unoccupied.

Asked about the suspected cause of the smashup, the officer said, "The driver of the truck told us that, that somehow, 'the steering wheel slipped out of her hands'."

Because there were no injuries, no citations were issued in the accident.

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