Crash at highway junction in Aguanga injures two, causes sewage spill

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A sewage tanker truck overturned Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the junction of Highways 371 and 79 in Aguanga, hitting an SUV and seriously injuring its occupants, one of whom was a child. The crash happened at about 11:30 a.m. as the tanker attempted to transition from the eastbound 371 to the northbound 79, according to the California Highway Patrol. The agency said the trucker may have tried to cut the turn too close, losing control and causing the rig to tip over, landing on a Ford Expedition. An adult and child inside the SUV both suffered traumatic injuries, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. Crews spent nearly a half-hour extricating one of the victims, who was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition, according to reports from the scene. The other victim w
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