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VIDEO EVIDENCE OF WHY DRIVERS NEED TO SLOW DOWN IN BAD WEATHER


From the Montana Department of Transportation, by way of the Toronto Trucking Association, comes this scary video of a truck losing control in snowy conditions, striking a passenger vehicle that was stopped on the side of the road and sending one of its occupants airborne.

One passenger was ejected from the vehicle and landed in the median. Frightening stuff, but amazingly she survived. You have to see it to believe it. Here’s a description of the video, as supplied by the Montana DOT. You can watch the video below and maybe pass it around as a public service advisory concerning the risks of too-fast winter driving.

From the Montana DOT:

Here is a back story behind the video: MHP Trooper Wade Palmer and Cadet (now Trooper) Timothy Templeton arrived at the scene of a crash involving a mother and her two small children. Conditions were hazardous as the crash occurred during a blizzard. The dash-cam footage captures a series of subsequent collisions occurring after the initial crash that disabled the family’s vehicle. In the first subsequent collision, a semi-truck hits the passenger vehicle parked on the shoulder of the road, causing the mother to be ejected from the vehicle. She landed in the highway median. Trooper Palmer located the victim in the median and rendered aid. While that was happening, Cadet Templeton saw an out-of-control truck and trailer headed directly toward Trooper Palmer and the victim. Templeton shouted a warning and Trooper Palmer was able to pull himself and the victim to safety within seconds, thereby saving his life and that of the mother. Thankfully, everyone survived. The mother and her two children are on the road to recovery.

 


James Menzies

James Menzies

James Menzies is editor of Truck News magazine. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 15 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at james@newcom.ca or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies.
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