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Two-Fire Engine Crash in Monterey Park Investigated

Police are looking at a blind corner as a possible cause. 

Investigation is underway into the Wednesday crash of two fire engines in Monterey Park that left fifteen people injured. 

The crash sent one of the fire trucks into Lu Dumpling House, which was severely damaged in the accident.

Both the restaurant and the clinic next door are forced to remain closed for the near future because of extensive damage. 

People who work at nearby stores said that a building in the area could have been a contributing cause of the accident. 

"I think there's a lot to do with the obstruction of their view from this building right here. They didn't see each other. I think had they seen each other, at least one of them would brake or stop," said flower shop owner Marc Duarte. 

A news conference held this afternoon did not confirm the cause of the accident, but officials have not ruled out the obstruction as a factor.

Mark Olvera, a former Los Angeles Police Captain in the Traffic Division said, "This is a typical design of any metropolitan city where you have buildings up against the sidewalk and can cause a blind corner."

California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash and will release more information when it is available. 

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