3 die after collision; truck ends up in California swimming pool

Three people died early Friday, March 12, when a speeding truck struck a car and smashed through a wall and plunged into a Garden Grove home’s pool, police said.

At around 2:15 a.m., a Garden Grove police officer saw a Dodge Ram truck speeding through a parking lot on Chapman Avenue and Harbor Boulevard.

The officer followed the truck as it left the lot and continued speeding along Chapman, Garden Grove police said. The patrol officer activated lights and the siren to try and stop the driver who kept heading west.

A couple of minutes later, the truck crashed into a car at Euclid Street and Orangewood Avenue.

Firefighters found the car rolled over, resting on the block wall while the truck was overturned in the pool, the Orange County Fire Authority said.

Before landing in the pool, the truck sheared off a hydrant – sending a geyser of water into the air.

Firefighters used a search camera to look inside the vehicle in the pool and confirmed one person was dead, the Fire Authority said.

The car’s driver, later identified by coroner officials as Michael Clugston, 39, of Anaheim, was taken to the hospital but pronounced dead.

Hours later, crews were finally able to hoist the truck out of the pool. That’s when they made the discovery of another body, a passenger, police said.

Authorities have not released the names of the driver and passenger of the truck while the coroner’s office notifies family members.

It was not immediately known if drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.