Ralph Ireland had to say goodbye to his “beloved” Chevy Silverado Duramax 2500, but he’s thankful that he and his wife are still alive after they collided with another truck that failed to yield.
Ireland’s dashboard camera footage of the incident shows a truck towing a trailer pull out in front of his own vehicle. Without enough time to stop and avoid it, they hit. What’s hard to see unless you look closely is that the driver of the green pick-up appears to be on a cellphone, something police are investigating.
Audio captures the Canadian man’s wife saying she was hurt but going to be OK.
“Oh my God!” Ireland’s wife, Ifka, says several times after the crash.
Seconds later, the driver of the offending truck can be heard asking if everyone is alright, apologizing and saying the incident was his fault.
Ireland posted video of the accident on Facebook on March 4, writing, “Ifka and I will be sore for a while but still alive!”
Watch the footage (content warning: some strong language):
The couple from Sioux Lookout, Ontario, were driving home from Winnipeg on the Kenora Bypass when the collision occurred.
According to the Ottawa Sun, Ontario Provincial Police charged the 36-year-old man from Manitoba who caused the accident with failure to yield but are investigating the incident further after the video appeared to show the man using a phone, which is illegal in the Canadian province.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported that recent accidents caught on dashboard cameras have been a boon for some businesses.
Wojtek Czuprynski with the store Power Centre told CBC he has gotten several calls from customers interested in the recording devices lately, and police think it’s a good thing.
Const. Laurie Harkoff in Kenora told CBC with “a lot of distracted driving going on on our highways … it’s nice to have the evidence, so to speak of, and lay charges if need be.”
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