BEAUMONT, CA — A stretch of Oak Valley Parkway in Beaumont remained closed Thursday as police investigated a bizarre bucket truck theft that seriously injured a contractor who was thrown from the bucket while the thief made a getaway.
The incident began around 3 a.m. Thursday as the contractor was working at Beaumont Avenue and Oak Valley Parkway. A vehicle thief slipped into the truck — while the contractor was in the extended bucket — and drove off, according to the Beaumont Police Department.
The suspect continued along Oak Valley Parkway as the bucket and contractor careened into power lines and other utility cables. The worker was eventually thrown from the apparatus and seriously injured, according to police.
The suspect ended up crashing the truck into a tree at Cherry Avenue then fled the area. There were no updates on a suspect description or a possible arrest.
Crews were working to make repairs to damaged lines along the roadway. There was no immediate word on a reopening time.
Several areas within Beaumont were affected by power outages due to the damaged lines, police confirmed.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Beaumont Police Department’s on-duty watch commander at 951-769-8500.