Truck Rolls Off Highway, Nearly Hits Pedestrians

"I felt like I was in a movie running for my life," said the witness

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    Mark Sackett
    The truck hit a fence and signs when it rolled off the freeway.

    A semi truck rolled off Interstate 8 and into an El Cajon gas station parking lot on Friday morning around 10 a.m., according to officials.

    The truck did not or could not stop and went across North Mollison Avenue, hitting a light post and a fence in the process. It then came to a halt at a gas station parking lot.

    Officers arrested the driver on suspicion of driving under the influence.

    Witnesses said the truck nearly missed hitting people and cars.

    Marsha White told NBC 7 in an exclusive interview that she saw the truck coming toward her and ran out of the way to avoid the truck. She said the truck stopped about 5 feet away from her car.

    "He almost ran me over," she said. "I think we were about an inch away from being dead...I felt like I was in a movie running for my life.

    The woman had been putting air in her tire with her brother and said she feels lucky she wasn't hurt.

    "Everything just happened in a second...two people almost got killed," said witness Jayne Alfaro. "I thought this place was going to blow up."

    Alfaro said White's brother, Marcus, managed to push Marsha out of the way.

    "We helped each other," said Marcus White to NBC 7. "We were lucky to get out of there."

    No injuries have been reported and police are investigating the incident. 

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