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2 killed as truck collides with cars, slams into bookstore [UPDATED]

April 1, 2009 |  6:23 pm


A car-hauling truck collided with several vehicles Wednesday night before slamming into a bookstore in La Cañada Flintridge, authorities said.

Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said they have reports of two fatalities and several injuries.

The accident occurred just before 6 p.m. near the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway.

Fire Department spokesman Art Marrujo said it was not immediately clear whether the victims were in the bookstore or in the cars involved in the accident.

Fire officials pulled victims out of cars, and television news footage showed the truck embedded in the front of the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffee House.

Updated, 6:36 p.m.: Officials said there are five injured people, including one who was in the bookstore.

Lynn Tran, manager of a nearby gourmet wine and spirit store, said she and other employees were stocking shelves when they heard a loud bang.

"We heard a noise that sounded like an earthquake," she said. "It shook a little bit."

Updated, 6:52 p.m.: Brandi Sjostrom, a waitress at Hill St. Cafe, a few doors away from the crash, provided this description: "I heard the bus braking really hard and everyone ran out. The bus almost came up on our curb. This really small red car was completely crushed. It was pretty awful. I've never seen anything like that. I was pretty shaken up." Sjostrom said a semi-tractor trailer lost its brakes and punched through the restaurant's back wall last year.

-- Andrew Blankstein and Julie Cart