Story By: John Feng, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report
Video Credit: AsiaWire
This traffic camera footage shows a tanker lorry swerving wildly to avoid a car stopped on a motorway before it wobbles and flips onto its side.
The accident on the Beijing-Shanghai Expressway happened as the tanker operator carrying 32 tonnes of petrol failed to notice the white saloon parked in the outer lane.
The unnamed saloon owner later told police his vehicle had broken down, but he failed to put up a warning triangle and remained inside his car on 22nd October.
In the traffic camera video from the city of Yangzhou in East China’s Jiangsu Province, the tanker lorry speeds into view and its driver notices the stopped car at the last second.
It swerves to the left, colliding with the back of the broken-down saloon, and then veers left and right while narrowly avoiding nearby vehicles.
The lorry eventually crashes onto its side, blocking much of the four-lane motorway as the saloon driver gingerly steps out of his vehicle.
Yangzhou police said some of the petrol spilled out onto the motorway, but there was no risk of a fire hazard and neither the driver nor the saloon owner was harmed.
The saloon driver said: “My car had broken down, otherwise I wouldn’t have stopped there with my hazard lights on.”
The police, however, said he failed to follow traffic laws and put up a warning triangle at least 150 metres (500 feet) behind his stopped car.
The authorities investigating the accident have yet to determine who will be held liable for it.
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