This Driver Accidentally Made a Jaw-Dropping “Dukes of Hazzard” Jump Off a Tow Truck Ramp
Whenever we see an empty tow truck ramp set at an upward angle, we all play out our action movie fantasies in our minds where we are in a high-speed chase sequence and we use the ramp to make a death-defying jump that only a hero could make. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t quite work that way. This much is true for a Nissan Altima driver who accidentally hit a tow truck ramp at a high speed and launched herself into the air.
Jump Off a Tow Truck Ramp at a High Speed. What Could Happen?
Recorded on the bodycam of a Lowndes County Sheriff, the accident occurred along Highway 84 while deputies were responding to a separate accident on the opposite side of the median. As one deputy begins to walk toward the scene of the accident, a Nissan Altima is seen speeding toward the tow truck ramp parked on the other side of the highway.
The car then launches itself through the air before hitting the ground and stopping in an upright stance.
According to FOX News, the driver involved in the accident survived but was sent to the hospital to receive care for serious injuries. A Lowndes County Sheriff’s deputy was also reportedly hospitalized after being injured by debris caused by the accident.
The police incident report says that the Nissan Altima had “vaulted” approximately 120 feet from the tow truck ramp and hit another car traveling in the same direction upon landing.
Why The “Move Over Law” Is Important
Currently, it is unknown whether the driver of the Nissan Altima will face any charges. But authorities say that this accident is a perfect example of why drivers should follow Georgia’s “Move Over Law“, which encourages drivers to move over one lane whenever emergency and utility vehicles are parked on one side of the highway and working. That includes vehicles for law enforcement, fire, EMS, utility vehicles, DOT, HERO units, and wreckers attending to an accident. “The law is meant to keep officers AND traffic violators safe from crashes with passing cars,” says a description of the law on the website of the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
The “Move Over Law” was passed following the increase in fatalities of police, emergency technicians, and DOT workers that are responding to traffic stops, car crashes, and highway construction. Those that violate the “Move Over Law” can receive citations with fines up to $500.