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Semi crashes off freeway, into apartment complex

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Oct 07 2013 08:16:48 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 07 2013 11:34:00 PM CDT
CORNING, Calif. -

Two men escaped serious injury after their semi-truck barreled off Interstate 5 and into an apartment complex parking lot in Corning.   

The California Highway Patrol is blaming distracted driving for this crash.   They say the driver, 49-year-old Jasvir Gill, was trying to change a CD in his stereo, which caused the crash.

"There was no stopping it because the angle it was going...it would have hit my apartment.  That's what I was freaking out about," said Sara Coulter.

Coulter saw the crash unfold.  She was standing on the balcony at her friend's house around 8:45 a.m.

Coulter rushed down to make sure everyone was okay.  She found Gill and a passenger inside.  She and some friends started taking apart the windshield to get them out.
     
"He kicked it out and me and a couple of other guys pulled the windshield and got him out," said Coulter.
    
Both Gill and his passenger walked away with a few scratches.  The truck was hauling meat at the time.  The CHP advises everyone to pay attention while behind the wheel.