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Driver Goes Up Ramp of Flatbed and Flips in Crash

A Chula Vista driver had to be rescued after a vehicle traveled up the loading ramps of a parked flatbed truck and overturned.

A man was headed east on E Street near Broadway when his Toyota struck the back of a flatbed truck in the process of loading a forklift, the Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD) said.

The wheels on the passenger side of the car went up the loading ramps causing the Toyota to catch air and flip over on its driver side and come to rest in the middle of E Street.

A witness who asked to be identified as Julie was driving alongside the Toyota. She told NBC 7 the crash looked like a Hollywood stunt.

"It was kind of like a movie minus the popcorn," she said.

Another witness said a crowd of people immediately ran toward the overturned car to help the driver, but a Good Samaritan with EMT experience stopped them to make sure they didn't make matters worse.

"There were a couple of people that got to the car before I did," Good Samaritan Nancy Brown said. "They wanted to lift the car back up and I told them not to."

Brown said she spoke to the driver through the broken passenger-side window until emergency responders arrived.

Chula Vista Fire Department firefighters responded to the scene and used the jaws of life to cut away the roof of the car to free the driver.

The driver was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

Police do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash.

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