A costly mistake only needs a fraction of a second to happen, and it appears to have happened on a Louisiana freeway last Friday. Details are scarce, but a dramatic video shows the collision between a dump truck and a trailer towed by a newer Ford Super Duty pickup truck. The footage failed to capture the entirety of the wreckage or the aftermath, but what they capture is frightening.
The accident occurred along Highway 190 between Port Barre and Opelousas, Louisiana. The Super Duty is seen spinning, trying to cross the oncoming lane. There is oncoming traffic, but the trailer is too long. The video shows a semi-truck getting on the Ford moving into the right lane to avoid hitting the trailer stuck in the road. The Ford driver continues by withdrawing in front of an arriving dump truck.
The dump truck hits the trailer just at the wheels. Plates of plywood fly through the air as the trailer cuts the front of the dump truck, before being torn from the Super Duty. The forward opening hood of the dump truck is seen flying open. The video failed to capture the rest of the crash or the aftermath. However, the dump truck begins to tip over, likely landing on its side in the median. It also appears that the cab of the dump truck is intact.
Several minutes of internet research could not determine what exactly happened, although it appears the Super Duty did not give in before crossing. Then again, the trailer made it impossible to keep sitting in the media with it sticking out in traffic. If anything, this is a friendly reminder of the additional dangers of towing a trailer. If the Ford crossed slower or the dump truck was closer, the crash could have been much worse.