NEWARK -- A garbage truck crashed into a parked car, bringing down a tree and two power lines early Monday morning and causing a major road to be closed for much of the day, authorities said.

The wreck happened around 4:30 a.m. when the truck was traveling south on Newark Boulevard, Newark police Sgt. JolieMacias said. The driver of a West Coast Trucking vehicle became distracted and collided with a parked car near the intersection of Lafayette Avenue. The parked car then rammed into a tree, bringing it down along with the power lines.

The 59-year-old truck driver was cooperating with investigators. He had minor injuries that were treated at an area hospital.

The downed power lines caused 10 residents to lose power, and crews were not expected to restore it until later Monday, PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said.

The southbound direction of Newark Boulevard was expected to remain closed until at least 3 p.m., Macias said.

Check back for updates.

Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rderh



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