Flying crash debris hits Santa Rosa home

What felt like an earthquake awoke Leticia Alba, 43, early Monday at her south Santa Rosa home abutting Highway 101.

But it was not a seismic tremor. Alba's home shook and quaked from the force of a metal plate catapulting through the walls after a big rig jackknifed into a highway guardrail.

The foot-square plate blasted through a fence, tore a hole in the bedroom wall of the mobile home and flew above Alba, her husband and their 6-year-old son as they slept. The plate then ripped through another wall and cracked a window as it passed through the hallway before chipping the kitchen table and lodging into a support beam.

Santa Rosa Home Damaged By Crash Debris


"There was so much noise, I hung on to my son," Alba said.

The 5:10 a.m. crash on northbound Highway 101 near Todd Road snarled both morning and evening commute traffic for miles as officers and crews dealt with the wreck.

One lane was closed for more than 13 hours, funneling motorists into two lanes until the third lane finally reopened at about 6:30 p.m.

<NO1><NO>Only a line of redwood trees and a chain link fence stands between the Rancho Santa Rosa Mobile Home Park and the highway.

<NO1><NO>No one was hurt, and Alba said she and her family felt extremely lucky, though still shaken.

"I'm not hungry today, and I kept thinking, 'Why am I not hungry?'<TH>" said Alba, who returned home after a day's work at Costco. "Then I think, 'Oh yeah' .<TH>.<TH>."

Driver Trinidad Ochoa, 39, of Lathrop had left Stockton at about 1:30<TH>a.m. and was heading north toward Airport Boulevard when he somehow lost control of the rig, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said.

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