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This is what almost getting hit by a truck looks like

Posted by Derek Flack / January 22, 2011

truck crashI hope everyone will forgive me the sensationalist headline -- and the fact that this event took place just outside of the GTA -- but this video clip is just too remarkable not to share. Shot by a driver who came perilously close to colliding head-on with a tractor trailer that crossed the median on the 401 near Milton yesterday, the whole scene is rather chilling.

Why, one wonders, was this guy filming out the window of his car while driving on the highway? According to an interview I caught with him on CP24, where he sent the footage, after having previously been in a no-fault accident that led to problems with his insurance company, he decided that in the future he'd keep a video record while driving so that he'd have evidence should he ever need it in a dispute. Sounds a bit over the top, but it's mounted on the dash not being held in his hands. And, hey, he captured this video didn't he?

Miraculously, no one was seriously injured in the crash. Check out the footage below. And for slightly better quality, but way more sensationalism, here's the link to the CP24 coverage (see bottom half of article).

Update (Sunday, January 23):

Now that this has been picked up by CNN and other news outlets, there's been even more confusion about where the crash happened. The origin of this is, no doubt, the fact that the video's opening screen mislabels the location as "Highway 401, Barrie, Ontario, Canada." As most people around the Greater Toronto Area know, the 401 runs east/west and doesn't go anywhere near Barrie (which is north of the city on highway 400). As I mention below, I suspect the reason for the mislabeling is that a major accident took place in the latter area on the same day. If you follow the link to CP24's coverage, it describes both accidents. For those who prefer visuals, here's a Google Map of approximately where the crash that was videotaped took place.

And here are some descriptions of the crash, including a couple from YouTube in which commenters claim they were the parties involved.

From driver - "I'm the driver in this video ;) It's a VW Tiguan. The video is deceiving because I really saw the truck start to slide side-to-side ahead of time, at which time I braked pretty hard, allowing the truck to pass by me so I could get in behind it. Yes I felt as if I had good reflexes in this situation, but it was also advance anticipation."

From a nearby driver - "I was just a few short seconds behind the car that took the video... pretty scary stuff!! Needless to say I took the day off work yesterday!! thank god no one was hurt!! pretty amazing driving by the videographer...

From CTV - "According to the OPP around 8:15 a.m. an eastbound tractor-trailer veered across two lanes of traffic and hit the concrete center median.The cab of the truck went over the median into the westbound lanes, while the trailer, which was carrying 30 tonnes of sand, stayed in the eastbound lanes.Two eastbound and three westbound vehicles were struck in the crash. Another tractor-trailer was disabled after it hit debris from the collision."

Discussion

28 Comments

Mike L. / January 22, 2011 at 10:33 am
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Why does the video say it's on the 401 in Barrie? Is this actually on the 400, or did this person have no clue where they were?
Derek replying to a comment from Mike L. / January 22, 2011 at 10:39 am
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The person originally labeled it incorrectly, probably because there was also a crash on the 400 near Barrie. If you watch the very beginning of the clip, the "Barrie" label has been replaced by "Milton."
Stra / January 22, 2011 at 10:43 am
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the camera was mounted on the dash fwiw. Crazy vid.
Daniel / January 22, 2011 at 11:53 am
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awesome and scary at the same time.
Derek replying to a comment from Stra / January 22, 2011 at 11:55 am
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Yeah, I meant to get that across in the above explanation, but failed to do so. Thanks!
Kevo / January 22, 2011 at 12:15 pm
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Wow nice driving on the part of the car driver... he kept his car under control on the wet road, I probably would've freaked out. Props to him.
Redge / January 22, 2011 at 12:18 pm
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It is an absolute miracle that no one was hurt. Even the driver of the vehicle filming this was lucky no one was in the lanes beside him. He didn't have that much time to react.

Unbelievable.
Redge / January 22, 2011 at 12:20 pm
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Let me correct, no one was seriously injured.
Antony / January 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm
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This is what it feels like riding your bike down a row of parked cars, waiting for that door to open into your collarbone.
Mike Parker / January 22, 2011 at 12:29 pm
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Huge trucks just aren't safe. They should not be on the same hiways as cars.
Scott / January 22, 2011 at 12:55 pm
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This is why you should always carry a spare pair of underwear in the glove compartment.
Ian / January 22, 2011 at 01:44 pm
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Apparently that first car was completely totaled, he spun in the the median after getting hit by the parts. Also you can see the guy recording also got hit, or at leas the window broke.

Glad I missed this although it still slowed down the drive home that night.
Justin / January 22, 2011 at 01:45 pm
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Kool-aid!
Mr Duh / January 22, 2011 at 02:04 pm
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Mike Parker / JANUARY 22, 2011 AT 12:29 PM

Huge trucks just aren't safe. They should not be on the same hiways as cars.
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Do you even realize how incredibly stupid this sounds? Probably not.
Jessica replying to a comment from Mike Parker / January 22, 2011 at 03:44 pm
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They're called train tracks.
John / January 22, 2011 at 06:03 pm
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If funny how things are “incredible” or “unreal” until they are caught on camera. Are we really seeing something that shocking? A near collision avoided? I mean its cool to see, but unreal? It’s all too real.

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Langford / January 23, 2011 at 01:19 am
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So many conflicting stories on where this was. CNN just reported it as being "near the NY state boarder". Which is it? And why did this guy have a mounted camera? Bizarre.
Lazer / January 23, 2011 at 02:26 am
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@Langford it's CNN. it didn't take place near the boarder, but if it didn't take place near america, american's wouldn't want to hear about it. every part of canada is aparently dangling on the boarder of the US
Fatboy / January 23, 2011 at 11:59 am
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Train tracks do not go to every mall.
What will inevitably come out is how some car cut off the truck, causing this accident, which is usually the case.
This coming from someone who's seen both sides of this sort of thing.
andrewS replying to a comment from Langford / January 23, 2011 at 12:17 pm
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<b>And why did this guy have a mounted camera?</b>

Have you not ever had one of those moments where someone cuts you off and you wish you had caught that on tape? It's for exactly when this sort of incident happens, video evidence can prove fault in an accident and prevent your insurance from getting jacked up if you do get hit.
Kevo / January 23, 2011 at 08:47 pm
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haha, it's the #1 video on the BBC website too. According to the BBC it's common for people in North America to have dash mounted cameras... that's news to me :P
Richard replying to a comment from Antony / January 23, 2011 at 11:35 pm
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This is what it feels like exiting a streetcar, waiting for some idiot in a car or on a bike to blow past the open doors.
pete replying to a comment from Mike Parker / January 24, 2011 at 09:58 am
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Mike Parker hey i'd gladly drive on a different road than all the idiot cars (and no not all car drivers are idiots) do you want to see your taxes go up even more to pay for it? i didnt think so . as for unsafe - trucks get a safety inspection every 6 months or 1 year depending upon jurisdiction , how are often is your car inspected?
Antony replying to a comment from Richard / January 24, 2011 at 11:26 am
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Yep Richard, got to look right and cross your fingers. The good news with exiting streetcars is at least you can see danger coming (if you remember to look right). With a truck or a car door, you can't see the one that'll get you until it's looming at your teeth. Quite stressful.
amber replying to a comment from Langford / January 24, 2011 at 11:53 pm
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it is stated that he had drama wid the insurance co. and he was videoing his driving for proof, things work in mysterious ways!!
bob / January 26, 2011 at 01:10 pm
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How sick is it that people are laughing in the background??? Even the narrator chuckles a bit near the end.
Rizzie / January 26, 2011 at 02:05 pm
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I'd say its more a "holy shit!", adrenaline-pulsing, nervous reaction than any "sick" outburst as you imagine it to be.
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