• Jul 18th 2012 at 11:39AM
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All the other motorists could do was watch in horror. A driver speeds down the wrong side of the highway, reaching at least 70 miles per hour. Unsuspecting traffic veers out of the way. One tragedy after the other is miraculously averted for several miles.

But two witnesses, trailing on the correct side of the highway and filming the scene unfolding along a Mississippi highway last week, know better.

"He's gonna hurt someone severely bad," a male voice says.

"We might be on TV," a female voice says."

The couple filming the catastrophe-in-waiting tells their children to close their eyes. Soon enough, Edward Fairley, of Mount Olive, Miss., found someone who could not get out of the way in time along Highway 49.

He accelerates into a Ford SUV in the left lane on the southbound side, and the two cars meet in a near head-on collision. The victim SUV, driven by Amy Cox, of Waveland, Miss., turns slightly at the last possible moment, an action that police later say may have saved the lives of everyone involved.

Cox and a young female passenger were miraculously unharmed in the accident, which occurred July 8. Fairley also walked away from the crash.

He tells the Mississippi Highway Patrol he remembers nothing about the crash. They charged him with reckless driving. According to WLBT-TV, additional charges could be forthcoming when toxicology results are known.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      How can you not remember that? Drunk driving kills. Built Ford tough I guess.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lets all start a collection for there defense, lets make them rich.Isnt that how the system works.
      • 3 Years Ago
      btw pretty stupid on the people's part that was tagging along filming. A car in a wreck like that always goes into the adverse lane by physics.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I disagree with you completely that this was "stupid" of these people. First of all they called and reported this to the authorities right away, they weren't just "fire chasing" for lack of a better term. But by recording this and continuing to follow they were able to pull over immediately and run to the aid of the people involved in the accident. Although they are most likely not trained EMT's or rescue personnel, they would still able to pull an injured person away from an accident had the car caught on fire after impact. Second, this video will certainly be valuable to law enforcement when conducting accident reconstruction, not to mention the driver of the vehicle that caused this crash will most likely hire an attorney to try and defend this act with the most ridiculous of excuses known to man. The video will show that this man endangered MANY drivers, continued to accelerate his speed even after several near collisions, and caused a horrific accident. It's sad to see someone like yourself sit on your keyboard and call someone stupid who went out of their way, and to some extent put themselves in danger to help a complete stranger. This is called "heroism" not "stupidity" and I hope you can learn that.
      • 3 Years Ago
      thank gd no oe was hurt it was horrible and people had died in crashes that arent hlf as bad
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's about TIME> Congress got off their dead asses and passed " More" stringent driver competency laws!!And also have insurance companys monitarily penalize the these idiots!
        Rex Nickles
        • 3 Years Ago
        dont get crazy with your monetary penalty ideas. Greed will distort those policies and your insurance company will bite you in the ass over frivolous offensives. They already look for every excuse to bankrupt their "customers" to begin with.
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about attempted manslaughter "multiple accounts", put that guy away forever. That same thing happened where I live and it turned out the guy was trying to kill himself after loosing his house and job. That is no reason to hurt innocent people in the process.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't help but think the driver of this vehicle is intoxicated ! How else do you miss that many clues ? Duh !
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why in God's name didn't those stupid people filming the video call for help on their cell phone instead of watching a catastrophe unfold-too much like right to try and save a life-but nooooo, they just got to have this video to upload on youtube-damn selfish individuals.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes Charles, I just reviewed the footage and you can cleary hear the woman on the phone w/ 911 and she says bye. And these so called "stupid people" stopped to help at the scene. Write your apology anytime now!!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think you can hear the woman on other phone talking to 911 Charles.
      • 3 Years Ago
      While being a police officer in the Salinas valley in California many years ago I had to push the offending vehicle off the northbound lane while he was going south. It turned out to be an illegal who could not speak english and was driving a stolen vehicle..
      • 3 Years Ago
      drunk driving? sleep-walking? failed suicide attempt? crash-dummy wannabe? i'm gonna go with drunk driving.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kudos to those folks running to the aid of the crash victims
      • 3 Years Ago
      never liked cars bought my first 1 ton pickup 4x4 at 14 lifted it 24" put farm tractor tires on. reinforced fame with steel angle iron beams. and both front and rear bumper's with stacked 4" rolled steel pipe never had to worry about a drunk or a nut driving on the wrong side of the road well go ahead call me goofy when your ten year old sister and her friends are sitting on the porch and a 40 something drunk running from the police smaches them to death ok go ahead call me goofy nut case iam not dead yet from a drunk drugged up nice person who had a really bad mother and father or whatever thay could come up with --all have a good day
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