Wild body cam footage shows a 21-year-old woman driving her car onto a tow truck ramp at high-speed on a highway in Georgia and launching off it, flying 120 feet before crashing in a scene that could have come straight out of “The Fast and the Furious” or “Grand Theft Auto.”
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The young woman miraculously survived the terrifying crash on May 24 and a Lowndes County Sheriff’s Deputy who was hurt during the incident will also be okay, the Georgia State Patrol told WSB-TV.
Deputies from the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office were already on the scene responding to a crash along Highway 84 in the southern part of the state when the terrifying incident took place.
In the video, police can be seen standing on the side of the highway’s center median next to a vehicle that looks like it had flipped over. As a deputy starts to walk toward the wreck, you can see a car speeding down the road toward the tow truck which was parked on the other side of the highway.
The woman never slowed. She hit the ramp going full speed and launched off it turning the car on its side and then upside down as it crashed into the ground, impacting another car driving by. Pieces of wreckage hit a deputy who was close by resulting in non-life-threatening injuries. Debris was strewn all over the place.
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A deputy could be seen running for all he was worth toward the vehicle, urgently requesting EMS assistance.
The other car that was hit by the flying vehicle on the highway was thrown 23 feet after the impact according to WBS-TV, who cited the Georgia State Patrol incident report. Evidently, no one was hurt in that car.
No one knows how the woman could not have seen the tow truck or exactly why the accident happened. Police are investigating the matter. It’s also unknown if the driver will face charges over the wreck.
The car identified as a plane.
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The deputies involved told Fox5 Atlanta that the incident is a good example of why drivers should abide by Georgia’s Move Over Law, which says “motorists traveling in the lane adjacent to the shoulder must move over one lane when emergency and utility vehicles are stopped on the side of the highway and operating in an official capacity.”
“Vehicles included in the law include all first responders (law enforcement, fire, EMS), utility vehicles, DOT vehicles, HERO Units, and wreckers tending to an accident. The law is meant to keep officers AND traffic violators safe from crashes with passing cars,” a description of the law on the website of the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety asserts.
“The Move Over Law was passed in the aftermath of growing numbers of police, emergency technicians and DOT workers being killed during routine traffic stops, crash responses and highway construction projects around the nation,” the website notes.
A violation of the state law can result in citations with fines up to $500, according to Fox5 Atlanta. Of course, if someone dies because of negligence, that’s a whole different matter.
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