The following high-speed incident took place last year in November in Ohio, where the driver of a 2006 Dodge pickup truck lost control of the vehicle, impacted the guardrail and bounced back into the path of a 2017 Freightliner semi truck.
Upon impact, the semi jackknifed and dragged the pickup directly into a stationary Ford Crown Victoria. Thankfully no vehicles rolled down the hill and everyone involved escaped with non-life threatening injuries.
According to the video’s description, the crash occurred on Interstate 75 near mile post 127 in Allen County. When troopers arrived at the scene, the northbound lanes of the interstate were completely blocked. On top of that, a large amount of diesel fuel was spilled and EPA officials were forced to oversee the cleanup efforts, which led to a delay in reopening the interstate.
Following the crash, the driver of the pickup, 43 year old Albert Morales of Columbus Grove was transported to Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center, while the semi driver, 75 year old Russell Hardesty and one John Chapman (the owner of the Crown Vic), were treated on the scene for minor injuries.
In the end, Mr. Morales, the driver of the Dodge pickup, was cited for failure to control his vehicle, while the Ohio State Patrol reminded motorists to adjust their speed in consideration to poor weather conditions, and always wear a seat belt.
To that, we would add that just because you’re behind the wheel of an “off-roader” or a utility vehicle, doesn’t mean you can’t just as easily lose control as you would in any other car if the road is sufficiently slippery.