This could have been a catastrophic accident.

Had the tractor trailer barreling down the exit ramp been a few more inches to the right, it could have crushed the SUV in its path instead of side-swiping it. Had it come a few seconds later, it could have plowed into crossing traffic. And had it toppled a few more feet, a gas station could have been a fireball.

By sheer luck, none of those scenarios occurred Thursday afternoon.

No one was injured in the accident, which occurred off an Interstate 77 exit ramp in Akron, Ohio, when the semi careened out of control and toppled into a Marathon Oil gas station pump on Waterloo Road. Surveillance video (see above) captured the entire incident.

The worst injury? A passenger in the truck cut her foot on glass from the shattered windshield when exiting the vehicle, according to ABC15 News. The driver told police the load shifted in the truck, causing him to lose control.



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      sstevemanning
      • 2 Years Ago
      as a driver we have words for this guy " new breed " there are verry few real drivers out here any more due to new laws and wages ( any one can check this fact ) are wages as went down evry year since 1974 to the point that when some one is just starting out they make less then 25,000 if there willing to stay out 12 weeks or more at a time then come home for 3-4 days and most of the " new breeds " are on food stamps ( call any major truck stop ta , petro , loves , pilot or flying j ) so all i have to say is you get what you pay for this was a new breed that was just going way to fast and not paying attention to what he was doing and as far as a " shifting load " i call b.s. on that 1. he should have made sure the load was well in place before leaving the shipper ( load locks or straps ) 2. if it did shift it would not have caused this this was 100 % driver err. and driving way to fast and i realy hate to say that because after evry wreck dot is on are butts that much more THERE IS ALOT MORE TO DRIVING A TRUCK THEN WHAT PEOPLE SEE OR THINK ITS NOT JUST HOLDING A WHEEL ALL DAY
        aahz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sstevemanning
        You know I have to say that he did a pretty good job of keeping that rigg from CRUSHING those others cars AND keeping it out of the station all together. Did you see how he swerved to miss those cars at the begining? And then he turned the truck so it would flip over BEFORE it came to close to the station? That is SKILL my friend. NOT incompetence like you are making it out to be. YOU try to save that situation? And yes if the load shifted then it could cause that kind of reaction. For one he prolly had the Jake on the whole time as well as trying not to blow his lines by slamming them. PLUS if he did hit his brakes it would have SLID in to the station instead of flipping like it did. That is KNOWING your vehicle and expeariance in near accident situations. I applaud him for his efforts,
          Jason
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aahz
          hes, especially if he was hauling totes with any kind of liquid in them and they werent secured properly then that would have happened...any time you have totes on you the one in the nose should be right in the middle and any one after it should either bein the middle from front to back, or staggered side to side one behind the other NAILED AND 2 by 4ed into place...this all comes down to...what he was hauling...how was it loaded...{he shouldve checked it, i always check my loads even if the doors are sealed, i open them and look}, driver error and or mechanical failure
          sstevemanning
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aahz
          this was not skill yes he did turn just right at the end but ever here the phrase a oz. of prevention = a pound of cure if he was driving slower and paying attention he could have stoped and that friend would have been skill !!! if he was doing his job the proper way we would not be talking about this now
      Matthew
      • 2 Years Ago
      Check out the girl swinging her arms around! LMAO! Now that's funny! That girl is crazy!
      TIMOTHY
      • 2 Years Ago
      THE TRUE DEFINITION OF TRUCK DRIVER, AND THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE FOR THE ONES WHO DRIVE DUMP TRUCKS, THE DEFINITION IS AS FOLLOWS: A FILLING STATION ATTENDANT WITH HIS BRAINS KNOCKED OUT.
      Paula Larson
      • 2 Years Ago
      The driver said his load shifted and he lost control of his truck. Yup, his load sure did shift !
      themechanicsix
      • 2 Years Ago
      Even if he took out a gas pump or two NOTHING would have happened. No Hollywood style explosions. There is a shut off valve at the bottom of the pump. Ive seen these things taken out a few times and there is no gasoline spillage. Too much TV for most of you.
      Hello Joe
      • 2 Years Ago
      The load shifted because he was going to fast. I do this for a living and this guy was going way to fast when he exited and way to fast for the turn. He knows this was on him but typicaly he wants to shurk responsibility.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh thank god the attendants turned off the pumps as soon as they saw what happened.... oh wait no, they didn’t. Instead they freaked out, disregarded everyone’s safety, and ran out of the gas station; putting the people there and in the surrounding homes lives at risk just to save themselves. I think after these people are fired marathon should do a safety stand down with their employees.
        sylvabugg2
        • 2 Years Ago
        Not everyone reacts the same in a crisis. Can you honestly say you would not have been freaked out by that? I do agree that at least one of them could have had the sense to pick up the phone call call 911.
      pmac
      • 2 Years Ago
      Has no one else realized the truly amazing thing about this video?? That gas pump and truck could have blown sky high, but the driver of the van and a station attendant immediately tried to help the driver. Amazing!
        themechanicsix
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pmac
        Have you ever seen or heard of one of these DIESEL trucks OR a Gas station blowing "Sky High" ? Too much TV for you... youre cut off.
          sstevemanning
          • 2 Years Ago
          @themechanicsix
          yes there are cut offs but yes i have seen it twice in matter of fact if you dont beleive me look this up in fort worth tx i tanker was hit by a drunk driver going the wrong way on I30 and was blown up and burned so hot it melted the truck and part of the bridge it happened on another one i have seen was in a truck stop where the drivers fuel line was leaking and some way some how it blew that was at the pilot truck stop just north of la off of 15 how ever i do agree t.v. dose make things bigger then what they realy are
      rkeeeballs
      • 2 Years Ago
      Residential streets....Hmmm ? I have driven trucks for years....this driver was/is a complete IDIOT !
      mnkydk
      • 2 Years Ago
      OH MY GOD! everyone is so lucky
      dsecluded
      • 2 Years Ago
      when they start paying good wages you'll get better drivers
      nookiebuns
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh Lordie, would I be running too.......doesn't show if the gas pumps explode, looks like that semi was driving a little toooooooooo fast for that turn....what a scary site.......
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