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16-year-old was behind wheel of big rig that crashed off 210 Freeway [Updated]

December 7, 2010 | 10:54 am

An unlicensed 16-year-old driver was behind the wheel of a big rig that careened off the 210 Freeway in Lake View Terrace early Tuesday, California Highway Patrol officials said.

The teenager's 20-year-old brother was supposed to be driving the truck, which was carrying a load of whipped cream and sour cream, but he let his younger brother take the wheel while he took a nap, said CHP officer Miguel Luevano.

[For the record, 3:05 p.m.: In an earlier version of this post, the CHP incorrectly reported that the teen's older brother was originally driving the big rig. It was his father.]

The 16-year-old fell asleep and lost control of the rig, crashing it into the edge of a mobile home park near Osborne Street about 3:38 a.m.

No serious injuries were reported, but firefighters initially had trouble locating the brothers because they were hiding in nearby bushes.

When investigators found the teenager and questioned him, he admitted to being behind the wheel, Luevano said.

He could face charges for driving without a license, the CHP reported on its Twitter feed.

CHP officials warned drivers to avoid the area or be prepared to encounter serious traffic delays. At least two eastbound lanes are expected to stay closed until 3 p.m. as crews work to remove the truck from the side of the road.

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