A semi-truck flew off a highway overpass in Texas over the weekend, killing the driver and narrowly missing a car that had just passed moments before the truck crashed and burst into flames.
A camera caught the whole ordeal on video just now being released. It shows the 18-wheeler being launched from the Interstate 30 ramp into the north-bound State Highway 161 lane. The incident occurred in Grand Prairie, which is between Dallas and Fort Worth, on Saturday afternoon, according to the Dallas News.
The moment the truck was launched from the ramp. (Image: KTVT-TV video screenshot)
The accident ended up shutting down both lanes for several hours. (Image: KTVT-TV video screenshot)
The driver was killed in the accident but his exact cause of death -- if he died on impact or as a result of injuries -- has not been released. (Image: KTVT-TV video screenshot)
People can been seen running from their cars to see if there was anything they could do to help. (Image: KTVT-TV video screenshot)
Watch raw footage of the dramatic scene posted by KTVT-TV:
The driver, who was later identified as 59-year-old James Long from Tennessee, was killed, the Fort Worth Star Telegram reported.
The accident occurred as the rig somehow went between the guardrail and retaining wall on the ramp. WFAA-TV reported that both what lead to the accident and Long's official cause of death are still being investigated.
The President George Bush Turnpike was closed in both directions for several hours as a result, Grand Prairie police spokesman Lyle Gensler said.
This isn't the first flying semi-truck accident within the past week either. Late last week in Indiana, another trucker's dashcam caught a separate semi flying up into the air over a road and then exploding upon impact when it crashed back down.
Check out the footage:
WXIX reported in this case the driver Ryan Young of Owenton, Kentucky, and his 7-year-old son only suffered minor injuries and scratches.