OAKLAND, Calif. (KCBS) _ A debris truck that lost its brakes caused a 13-car, chain-reaction crash in Oakland during the rush hour commute Wednesday afternoon.

Four people were injured in the accident near Grand Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard, but Oakland police said none of the injuries appear life-threatening.

The driver of the Bay Area Debris Box Service truck said he exited the Grand Avenue offramp from eastbound Interstate 580 when his brakes failed.

“All I did is scream, oh god. That’s all I could say. There was nothing else I could do,” said Tony, the driver of the truck.

The truck first crushed a gray Honda, which then caused a chain-reaction of vehicles to be damaged in the crash.

The Grand Avenue offramp from eastbound Interstate 580 was closed for more than five hours as police tried to clear the area.

Parts of MacArthur Boulevard were also closed as crews tried to clear debris from the roadway.

The CHP is reporting that the cause of the collision was brake failure.


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