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Terrifying driver's-eye view of the moment a truck hurtles across four lanes of traffic before crashing into a backyard

  • A dump truck crashed into a Melbourne backyard on Saturday in Heathmont 
  • The driver, who appeared to be in his 50s, reportedly had a coughing fit before 
  • The truck was captured on video suddenly swerving into oncoming traffic 
  • It struck a power pole before crashing through a fence and into a backyard pool 

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Video footage has captured the horrifying moment a dump truck driver veered into oncoming traffic and slammed into a power pole before landing in a backyard swimming pool in Melbourne[2].

The truck driver reportedly had a coughing fit before he blacked out and lost control of the truck on Saturday in Heathmont, west of the city, according to 3AW[3].

The man, who appears to be in his 50s, astonishingly walked away from the shocking accident with just a black eye.

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Video footage has captured the horrifying moment a dump truck driver veered into oncoming traffic and slammed into a Melbourne backyard (pictured)

The truck driver reportedly had a coughing fit before he blacked out and lost control of the truck on Saturday on Caterbury Road in Heathmont (pictured)

A camera on the truck’s dashboard captured the entire crash, which left nearby homes without electricity for hours.

The truck can be seen travelling on Caterbury Road before suddenly swerving into the opposite side of the road.

Oncoming cars are quick to dodge the truck, veering to the right and left as it crossed three lanes of traffic.

Oncoming cars are quick to dodge the truck (pictured), veering to the right and left as it crossed three lanes of traffic

The driver, who appears to be in his 50s, astonishingly walked away from the shocking accident with just a black eye

The truck then slammed into a power pole (pictured) before smashing through the backyard fence of a nearby home

Fire crews worked for 50 minutes to free the driver (pictured)

The truck then slams into a power pole before smashing through the backyard fence of a nearby home.

Footage shows the truck land in a swimming pool before rolling onto its side.

Witnesses working across the street told 9News[4] the crash ‘sounded like an explosion.’

Fire crews worked for 50 minutes to free the driver. 

Police are investigating the incident. 

Witnesses working across the street said the crash ‘sounded like an explosion’ (pictured)

References

  1. ^ e-mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ Melbourne (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  3. ^ 3AW (www.3aw.com.au)
  4. ^ 9News (twitter.com)
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Tractor Trailer Trapped After Driving for Miles on Boardwalk Near Atlantic City

This is why drivers should second guess questionable directions from their GPS.

via Twitter

A truck driver found himself in quite the predicament when his GPS directed him to turn onto a New Jersey boardwalk and follow it for miles. According to Fox News[1] on Wednesday morning, the driver made it all the way to Ventnor City before getting stuck and requiring police intervention.

An officer who saw the truck didn’t initially think anything was wrong, but rather thought that the truck was part of a project meant to replenish the sand dunes in the area. After speaking with the driver, the officer learned that the 80-foot long truck was actually stuck on the boardwalk and couldn’t make a turn required to exit the area.

According to police, the driver told officers that he entered the boardwalk on Atlantic Avenue in Atlantic City and continued to drive the truck for nearly three miles to Washington Avenue in Ventnor. Like many odd events revolving around tractor-trailers[2], the entire ordeal left officers baffled about just how the truck navigated its way along the shoreline.

“It is something that I haven’t seen in my 31 years,” Police Chief Doug Biagi told NJ.com[3], “We have seen vehicles up there. We have seen vehicles crashed up there. I have never seen an 18-wheeler.”

The entire incident wasn’t without damage, however. The truck was unable to exit the boardwalk successfully. As a result, about 100 feet of railing was damaged. 

Police called in a tow truck, unhooked the trailer, and removed both individually. City engineers are in the process of checking the boardwalk to ensure no structural damage occurred. 

This seems like a case of ignorance by the driver, as he was not found to be under the influence at the time of the incident. Fortunately, nobody was hurt and there was no considerable damage with the truck[4] involved. Even though responders were able to coordinate the removal of the vehicle, Police issued the driver several traffic summonses for the event. Maybe he’ll pay more attention to where his GPS guides him in the future.

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References

  1. ^ Fox News (www.foxnews.com)
  2. ^ odd events revolving around tractor-trailers (www.thedrive.com)
  3. ^ NJ.com (www.nj.com)
  4. ^ considerable damage with the truck (www.thedrive.com)
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Motorists experiencing long delays as M6 near Carlisle closed following two serious incidents

The M6 motorway has almost completely reopened, following two incident near Carlisle.

All three lanes northbound and two lanes of the southbound carriageway were closed between junctions 41 (Wigton) and 42 (Carlisle South) for much of today.

The closure led to long queues of traffic both on the motorway and on surrounding roads – including the A6 – as traffic was diverted.

The incidents, which happened just before 9am, were both north of Southwaite Services.

Officers were called initially to reports that an HGV had collided with the central reservation and shed its load on both carriageways.

The driver of the vehicle – understood to be a Scania lorry – was not injured.

Long tailbacks on the M6 northbound one mile before junction 42 Carlisle south. @newsandstar @CumbriaNewsPics @CumbriaTravel pic.twitter.com/6DbopZqAb9[1][2][3][4]

— Stuart Walker (@StuWalkerPhotos) 21 September 2017[5]

A second incident – a van pulling a trailer which jackknifed when braking – also happened on the northbound carriageway, near to the HGV crash.

Both carriageways have now reopened, although Highways England has warned that one lane of the southbound carriageway is currently closed to allow central reservation repairs.

#M6[6] N/B btwn J41+J42 in #Cumbria[7] has re-opened following completion of recovery operations. Lane 3 is clsd s/b for barrier repairs however.

— Highways England (@HighwaysNWEST) 21 September 2017[8]

References

  1. ^ @newsandstar (twitter.com)
  2. ^ @CumbriaNewsPics (twitter.com)
  3. ^ @CumbriaTravel (twitter.com)
  4. ^ pic.twitter.com/6DbopZqAb9 (t.co)
  5. ^ 21 September 2017 (twitter.com)
  6. ^ #M6 (twitter.com)
  7. ^ #Cumbria (twitter.com)
  8. ^ 21 September 2017 (twitter.com)