Police slam ‘dangerous’ truck driver for side-swiping a merging car on a busy highway – but social media users are divided over who is at fault
- Dashcam captured moment truck sideswiped a car on the M1 on February 22
- Police called the move a ‘dangerous act’ while others blamed the other driver
- Clip shows both vehicles moving into the same lane at the same time
Dashcam footage has captured the nerve-wracking moment a giant truck side-swiped a car on a busy highway after both drivers moved into the same lane at the same time.
The incident occurred on the M1 between Sydney and Newcastle on February 22 and was posted on the DashCam Owners Australia Facebook page, prompting mixed reactions from viewers and police.
In the 25-second clip, the driver of a red Mazda is seen on the far right lane while the truck driver is cruising on the far left lane.
Dashcam footage captured the moment a truck side-swiped a car after both drivers merged into the same lane on the M1 between Sydney and Newcastle on February 22
Seconds later, both vehicles turn on their indicator and begin drifting into the middle lane.
The driver of red car is quickly overtaken by the massive vehicle which nearly pushes the car back into the right lane.
The driver, presumably shaken by the incident, quickly brakes and slows down in the middle of the road, before proceeding forward again.
Highway Patrol Command Chief Inspector Phil Brooks called the move a ‘very dangerous act’ and has asked for witnesses with information on the truck to come forward.
However, Facebook users appear to be divided by the footage, with some insisting the driver of the Mazda shouldn’t have merged into the truck’s blindspot after it switched on its signal.
The driver of the red Mazda seen on the far right lane while the truck driver is cruising on the far left lane
Seconds later, both vehicles turn on their indicator and begin drifting into the middle lane until the truck collides into the car
But one person pointed out that the truck driver should have been able to see the incoming car.
‘The driver sits on that side. It’s only a blind spot if the driver doesn’t look,’ the comment said garnering 336 likes.
‘Its (sic) not a f***ing blind spot. The dumb arse in the car saw the truck coming and decided to just brake instead of move into the right lane again! Truck drivers fault but it coukd (sic) been avoided by the car driver too,’ said another.
‘It’s not really anyones (sic) fault but I know I never change lanes next to a truck like that, I’m either in front or behind, because I know that is where the truck driver can see,’ another person said.