This accident (6 May 2010) happened on an urban motorway/highway (M621 junction 2, Leeds) when a truck trying to return to the driving lane clipped a Porsche Boxster travelling parallel (lane capture/clinching) in the nearside blind spot of the truck driver’s view, having been given way onto the carriageway 0.4 mile (0.64 km) earlier at junction one. The car connects with the truck’s steer wheel causing complete loss of steering and pulls away just in time before the 44 tonne truck rolls over. The contact, emergency braking and inertia causes the trailer carrying 30 tonne sand to topple. The blind spot is a documental accident risk and with Divine grace no one was injured. This has to be a lesson for drivers with small vehicles on the dangers associated with a truck blind spot.
Speed was an issue with all vehicles concerned. The first truck in the video was being followed by the second truck, under employer’s instruction, by an experienced new recruit on his first day with the company. Notice how even after the accident the first truck, driven by the boss’s son does not stop to enquire or assist. WHY? Thank goodness it all happened in view of CCTV cameras and dismissing any rumours, accusations or lies as a result. Safe driving to all viewers and remember ALWAYS use the SEAT BELTS. It could be the ONE & ONLY chance!