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A member of Contra Costa Fire checks the cab for possible belongings as a man with the truck company, but not the driver, watches at the scene of a single vehicle accident on Camellia Lane in Lafayette, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. The accident occurred at around 11 am, with preliminary reports stating that the truck lost its brakes heading down the hill and basically tried to use the hillside to try and slow it down causing the truck to somehow catch fire and turn on its side. There were no injuries or property damage and the small vegetation fire was quickly extinguished. The road was closed while crews cleared the dirt and remains of the truck. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)

LAFAYETTE -- Emergency crews responded Tuesday morning after a dump truck hauling dirt overturned down a hillside, sparking a small fire, authorities said.

The truck apparently went down a hill off Camellia Lane about 11 a.m., said Lafayette police Sgt. Howard Shiells.

The truck's brakes apparently failed, and the driver ran into an embankment then overturned down the hill about 15-20 feet.

The driver was not injured, Shiells said. A small fire was put out quickly, and the only damage reported was to the truck.

The roadway was closed for several hours to remove debris blocking the roadway, police said, and residents were asked to avoid the area.

For additional information, Camellia Lane residents can use the police department tip line at 94549Tip@gmail.com.



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