Woman, 21, is severely injured and unable to speak after flying 120ft through the air ‘Dukes of Hazzard-style’ after accidentally hitting stationary tow truck ramp at high speed
- Deputy sheriff bodycam footage caught the moment a vehicle flipped mid-air
- The 21-year-old driver was badly injured but survived and was taken to hospital
This is the astonishing moment a motorist flipped her car after hitting the ramp of a tow truck at full-speed, before crashing 120ft through the air into a vehicle in front.
The Georgia State Patrol confirmed a 21-year-old Tallahassee woman was severely injured in the airborne crash on Highway 84, but miraculously managed to survive.
Bodycam footage from a Lowndes County Sheriff’s deputy, at the time attending to a crash on the other side of the road, caught the dramatic moment of impact.
The deputy rushed to help the driver, who was transported to South Georgia Medical Center after the crash near Valdosta, GA last week.
On Wednesday, ABC11 reported that officers had tried to interview the woman about what caused the crash, but her injuries are reportedly keeping her from speaking.
The red tow truck comes into view as the deputy on the opposite side of the road looks left
A worker in a vest walks in front of the truck as the black car comes into view (right lane)
Without warning, the grey car behind hits the back of the stopped truck and launches itself
In the video, the deputy is seen walking along the stopped highway on the other side while attending to a separate crash.
What is the Move Over Law?
The Move Over Law requires drivers to move over one lane where possible if an emergency vehicle is parked on the shoulder of a highway.
If traffic is too heavy to do so safely, cars are expected to slow down to the posted speed limit instead – and be prepared to stop.
In Georgia, motorists can be fined $500 for breaking the law.
30 states have Move Over Laws on the books with varying penalties up to thousands of dollars.
The camera turns as he faces the other side of the road with the red tow truck in view.
A black car passes as a worker in a fluorescent jacket steps in front of the stopped truck.
But without warning, the motorist in the grey car hits the back of the truck, ripping off a large part of the front bumper as it makes contact.
The car is then seen to spin through the air, turning on its side and appearing to hit the black car in front in the right hand lane.
The deputy sheriff runs to help the young driver while calling in the accident over the radio.
Debris is seen scattered across the road and in the grass as the officer runs on.
The clip cuts out as the driver approaches the car, showing the extent of damage to the front of the rolled car.
Local outlet WCTV said that the incident had brought attention to Georgia’s Move Over Law, which requires drivers to slow down and switch lanes when approaching an emergency vehicle, including a tow truck.
The car flies through the air. Part of the one of the wheels is pictured top right of the frame
The car turns onto its side before making impact with the ground and the car 120ft in front
The deputy officer witnesses the incident and runs past car parts towards the horror crash
A police incident report said the car ‘vaulted’ around 120 feet over the tow truck after launching off its ramp.
The cause of the crash on the other side of the road was not clear.
It was not clear whether the driver would face charges related to the accident.