Pickup truck plows into patio at Bassett taco restaurant; 3 siblings hit by flying debris

Pickup truck plows into patio at Bassett taco

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California Highway Patrol officers investigate the scene where a pickup truck slammed into the patio of a Bassett Taco Nazo restaurant, 13032 Valley Blvd., on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. Three people sitting on the patio suffered minor injuries. (Courtesy, California Highway Patrol)

A pickup truck careened into the patio of a Bassett Mexican food restaurant on Wednesday, injuring three adult siblings gathered for lunch, authorities said.

The crash took place about 1:20 p.m. at Taco Nazo, 13032 Valley Blvd., in the unincorporated county area just outside of Industry, California Highway Patrol Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said.

The incident began as a near-collision between two pickup trucks, he said.

A 23-year-old La Puente man was driving a Ford F-150 down the street when the driver of a Nissan Titan pickup truck began changing lanes, directly toward the Ford.

The Ford driver veered to avoid a collision, and ended up striking the outdoor patio area of the restaurant, officials said.

The truck slammed into the patio area where a group of two brothers and two sisters were having lunch, according to Jimenez. They were in their 50s and 60s.

Three of the siblings were struck by debris sent flying by the crash, Jimenez said. They were taken to hospitals with injuries described as minor. They hail from Pasadena, Arcadia and Downey.

Heavy stone tables used on the patio likely prevented the truck from penetrating much deeper into the restaurant, he added.

The driver of the Titan, a 38-year-old Moreno Valley man, suffered no injuries, nor did the driver of the F-150.

Both pickup truck drivers remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, Jimenez said. Intoxicated driving was not suspected as of Wednesday afternoon.

The crash remains under investigation by the CHPs Baldwin Park-area office.

The restaurant was able to reopen for business Wednesday evening after cleaning up some of the damage to the patio.

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Brian Day has covered crime and breaking news for the Southern California News Group since 2007. Hes a graduate of California State University, Fullerton and Cerritos College in Norwalk. He loves dogs and has a pet German shepherd, which in turn, has a pet cat. Brian is a local news junkie, a licensed drone pilot and a part-time science geek with an unfortunate predilection for puns.

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