Truck Hits 18 Vehicles on Nimitz Freeway

From Associated Press

A man who claimed God told him he could drive through cars with his flatbed truck collided with 18 vehicles and injured about 12 people Saturday on the Nimitz Freeway, authorities said.

A two- to three-mile section of highway was littered with dented vehicles before Emmett Wheat, 47, hit the center divider with his truck. An 8-year-old girl suffered the most serious injuries when she was thrown from her mother’s van when it was struck. Francesca Camus of Hayward was hospitalized in critical condition.

Other injuries were minor, according to the California Highway Patrol. Wheat, owner of Commercial Auto Wreckers in San Leandro, has been booked on suspicion of felony hit-run driving and driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.