While we can’t be 100% sure if the tires came from the semi, or if they were just roadside “projectiles” launched by the semi as it drove by, the speed with which they were spinning suggests that they might have already been in motion prior to being captured on camera. Either way, the stationary Navara was struck hard not once, but twice!
The initial hit was absorbed by the front right corner of the vehicle, activating both the driver and passenger airbags. The second tire however, hit a ditch initially and was catapulted way up into the air, landing directly on the roof just as the driver was getting out.
That was really, really close, wasn’t it? Look at how the driver is in a crouched position the moment after opening the door – he probably instinctively tilted his head down. Had he not gotten out of the car or just stood there for a split second more, he might have been injured as the A-pillar definitely didn’t handle that load well.
It seems like Al Pacino was right during his ‘Any Given Sunday’ speech. Life really is a game of inches, just like football, and we’re happy to see that guy walk away unharmed.