Van slams on the brakes to stop at an orange light before being rear-ended by a speeding truck – but motorists are divided over who is at fault
- A truck was filmed slamming into a van at a red light sending it into intersection
- The footage has divided opinion online as to who was truly in the wrong
- Many felt the van driver should have seen the truck before it stopped
Dramatic dash cam footage showing a truck rear-ending a van at a set of lights has sparked a debate online over who was at fault.
The vision, taken at an intersection in Queensland, shows the van slamming on its brakes as the lights go from orange to red.
The van is able to stop in time, but a speeding semi-trailer truck directly behind it fails to react in time and crashes directly into the back of the vehicle.
The van narrowly misses oncoming traffic after skidding across one lane.
The van is seen stopped at the red light in the instant before the truck slams into the back of the vehicle and sends it into the intersection
The video divided opinion after being shared to Facebook on Monday night, despite a majority of motorists siding with the van driver.
‘I know in this video that the light is very red. But still important to be doing mirror checks before braking. That said I’m not blaming the van either. That truck was going way too fast,’ one person wrote.
‘99.99% the truck driver’s fault. I have been in a similar situation to the van, but I nailed the gas once I realised the truck wasn’t going to stop,’ another added.
‘Pretty straight forward. Light was amber for ages and van stopped as it just turned red. Truck should have seen the amber well in advance,’ a third replied.
The truck slammed so hard into the van (pictured) it sent it careening into the intersection leaving many online debating who was truly at fault
Others felt the van driver should have been more vigilant and noticed the heavy vehicle on its tail.
‘Van driver clearly not aware of surrounding vehicles as I’d choose driving through a red over being catapulted through one,’ wrote one man
‘The van driver should have known the truck was behind him and kept going and the truck driver should have anticipated the van driver was going to stop,’ another chimed in.
‘I’d of checked the rear vision mirror and gone through. Prefer not to attach myself to a truck,’ a third wrote.
Daily Mail Australia contacted Queensland Police but there were no further details on the incident.
The van was hit with such force it ended up in the middle of the intersection as the truck driver brought his vehicle to a stop a short distance up the road