Garbage Truck Crashes Into Home, Ruins Graduation Party

No injuries reported in Thursday morning accident in Castro Valley.


A Waste Management truck crashed into a home on the 4500 block of Christy Way in Castro Valley, according to witnesses.

The accident was reported at around 10 a.m.

Lydia Cathey, who lives at the home where the truck crashed into, said she was preparing the house for her daughter's high school graduation party when she heard a loud crash, followed by another loud noise that sounded like a plane crash.

"I just saw this truck coming closer and closer," Cathey said. "My wall just started to collapse. I stood there in disbelief."

Chip Anderson, of the Alameda County Fire Department, said the Waste Management truck was loading up garbage cans when it hit a power pole and a nearby SUV.

The SUV then rolled back into a neighboring home and the waste management truck ended up into Cathey's home, concaving the front of her house.

"The truck had brake failure of didn't set its brakes," Anderson said.

PG&E is on scene working to restore power to the neighborhood.

No injuries have been reported in the accident, but neighbors say the driver of the truck appeared to be visibly shaken.

Christy Way remains closed to vehicles as a precaution, officials said.

As for Cathey's daughter's graduation party?

"She wanted to be the center of attention," Cathey said. "But now this is."

Bret June 15, 2012 at 01:28 AM
"The truck had brake failure of didn't set it's brakes" ? Not even sure what that is supposed to read as. Perhaps a quick edit before you hit the publish button. Just sayin'
Sabrina C. June 15, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Important thing, no one got hurt and daughter still graduated with her class.
Ann June 17, 2012 at 07:59 PM
"...who lives at the home where the truck crashed into...." Grammar check, too!
Ken Briggs June 18, 2012 at 12:38 AM
looks like trash company is doing all up grades to the homes and buys a new car for the damaged one . they maybe need new truck or smaller truck for that area , and driver needs to go to ntrash truck driving school .
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