Thirteen homes were evacuated Friday afternoon in Highland Park after a concrete mixer truck was at risk of falling down a hillside.

Rescue crews were dispatched to the 1400 block of North Avenue 57, near Figueroa Street, about 2:45 p.m., according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Police evacuated 13 homes along the bottom of the hillside and gas was shut off at three of them as a precaution, Stewart said.

Crews offloaded the truck’s concrete to lighten its load, then slowly pulled the truck off the embankment and onto the road, according to Stewart.

Residents were allowed back into their homes by 5:05 p.m.

It was not immediately clear how the truck became at risk of falling down the hillside.

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