No matter how well signaled a road is, you can always count on some drivers to do things that are really baffling.
The following dashcam video illustrates how not paying attention (or, worse, being reckless) while driving can have severe consequences, both for the offender and others as well.
In this particular case, we see several cars (including the cammer) waiting at a traffic light in St. Paul, Minnesota, for a train to pass. As the train approaches the intersection, the driver of a previous-generation Chevrolet Equinox traveling in the same direction suddenly turns left, right in front of the train!
Unavoidably, the SUV got hit violently and was sent into a 360-degree spin before coming to a halt. Fortunately for the driver, the impact was in the area of the left rear quarter panel. We don’t know how badly he was hurt, so here’s hoping he only got away with minor injuries. Let’s also hope there were no passengers in the back, because that’s the last place anyone would wanna be in a crash like this.
While there is absolutely no doubt regarding who is to blame for this accident (hint: not the train…), the question remains how can something like this happen. Not only did the SUV driver break the law by attempting a U-turn where that maneuver is not allowed, but he also defied common sense as well as self-preservation instincts. After all, who in their right mind crosses a railway when there’s a red light on and everyone else has stopped waiting for the train to pass?