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Truck Crashes Into Calif. Capitol

January 17, 2001

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ A tractor-trailer crashed into the state Capitol and burst into flames Tuesday night, just as the Assembly was clearing out from a late-night session.

It was not immediately known if anyone was injured.

The truck rammed into the north portico of the Capitol and caught on fire.

The California Highway Patrol evacuated the building shortly before 9:30 p.m. A state trooper told lawmakers a big rig had crashed into the Capitol.

The state Assembly had been meeting to consider legislation on California’s power woes. The measure, which was approved, would allow the state to buy electricity from wholesalers and sell it to utilities at a reduced rate under long-term contracts.

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