Here is a rather scary situation that unfortunately many drivers will face at least once in their lifetime. We are presenting this dramatic video here for several reasons, not the least of which is the camera’s proximity to the events. It’s about as close as you can get to a stack of multiple cars without actually being there, but it’s also a reminder to always be diligent behind the wheel. Because things can go from normal to crazy in the blink of an eye.
Fortunately, only five minor injuries were reported as a result of this accident. This happened during the morning rush hour drive on Highway 50 in Sacramento, Calif. On June 7, with the Sacramento Bee reporting it caused a complete mess of traffic for several hours. The video above is from ABC10 and captures everything that is going on, and in fact, it’s rather misleading as the traffic on the five-lane highway seems quite light.
For unknown reasons, traffic in the second lane on the right is apparently slowing down and a large work truck is unable to stop in time. The large Budget box van in the center lane obscures the view, but the work truck brakes hard and collides with a Cadillac CTS, sending the work truck into the box truck as it passes. Meanwhile, behind the work truck is an ambulance that also cannot stop in time, causing the truck to back up as another van slams the ambulance. Fortunately, reports indicate that the ambulance was not carrying anyone at the time.
Further up the road, the large truck swerved until it rolled over and slid to a stop, blocking three lanes of traffic. It is at this point that we finally see the Cadillac, and we also see that there was another White pickup truck almost stationary in front of the sedan. The truck pulls away from the scene so it probably wasn’t hit, but there is no indication of slower traffic ahead of it, so yes, the reason for the slowdown is a mystery. As for the van on its side, at least one car struck it after tipping over, causing six vehicles to break down and a closed five-lane highway within eight seconds.
The reports do not list a specific cause of the accident or point to no one at fault. It’s odd that none of the vehicles filmed reacted to the potential sluggishness of traffic until the work truck collided with the Cadillac, but the result is here. Stay safe, folks, and don’t take this daily commute for granted. Giving yourself an extra second of reaction time can literally be the difference between getting to work on time or not getting there at all.