I don't know if you've ever been rear-ended while stuck in traffic, but there are different levels when it comes to the severity of a read-end car accident. While the least serious (and most common) type of rear-end crash usually amounts to barely a dent on the rear bumper, the most severe is capable of causing a ton of damage, resulting in injury, and in some cases, even death.
As you can see from the above dashcam footage of a 2018 incident in Minnesota, what we've got here is something that lands more on the extreme end of the rear-ending spectrum. What looked started as your run-of-the-mill traffic jam ended in a dump truck coming in hot and wreaking havoc like a battering ram on wheels.
The video shows what appears to be normal daytime traffic flowing along northbound State Highway 13 last Thursday around 9:45 a.m. until vehicles slowed to a stop for a signal at Washburn Avenue. At that point the Volvo dump truck shows no sign of slowing, barreling into the back of a Toyota Sienna minivan and a Ford Explorer, which is then pushed into an International truck.
The State Patrol says the drivers of the minivan and SUV were both taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the dump truck was cited for "failure to use due care." Investigators say he showed no signs of alcohol or drug impairment.
Wow. If the driver of the dump truck wasn't drunk or on some sort of drugs, he must've been having himself quite the day dream, because he doesn't even attempt to slow down until it's way too late.
Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt in the wreck, but I'm assuming that the dump truck driver was put on some sort of driving "hiatus" after that absolute disaster.
This post was originally published on September 11, 2018.