Yesterday, we had reported that this week's snow and ice storm in the Southeast had claimed 13 lives, but this scary traffic camera video from Mobile, AL proves just how easily it could have reached 14. A tow truck driver cleaning up the ice-related crash of a Toyota Tacoma on I-10 found himself just inches away from an out-of-control Nissan Xterra.

Despite the presence of a Department of Transportation truck and a police car, the Xterra still appeared to be driving too fast for conditions. Mobile's Local 15 caught up with the driver who talked about the scary encounter, and it sounds like the only thing that saved him from sure death was the driver in the DOT truck yelling at him to watch out. In the video, which is posted below, the driver appears to be shaken but okay, although he doesn't remember stiff-arming the Nissan as it struck his flat-bed truck.

The report does not say if anyone inside the Xterra was injured, but we hope they were all just as lucky as this worker.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think they could have give more props to the "DOT lady" and called her out by name. She likely saved his life.
      Andre Neves
      • 1 Year Ago
      2:38-2:43 - What's with the reporter taking a call and why did they feel the need to put it in the final cut? Seemed pretty irrelevant to me. Lucky SOB btw.
        Aaron N
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andre Neves
        He was probably either talking to the DOT worker, or the driver of the Xterra.
      Serge Alexander
      • 1 Year Ago
      WHY WAS THE REPORTER ON THE PHONE????ROFL lol .. look towards the end of the segment. Reporter is on the phone while the truck driver just looks at him.. hahahah
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not sure why the Nissan appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed when it impacted the tow truck, could have been avoided or not been as bad, ok it's a highway but still. If you notice the big rigs slowing down. Even if you don't slow down for the ice you should at least slow down for the emergency vehicles.
      Davey Hiltz
      • 7 Months Ago

      Now that was close. I think after something like that I'd retire or find a different job. I'm not overly fond of getting that close to death in one situation. I've worked as a tow drive and I've been close to getting hit plenty of times. 

      • 1 Year Ago
      I hate it when people think they're invincible in Winter conditions, especially SUV/crossover drivers.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Got to love american news and the exaggeration.
        Aaron N
        • 1 Year Ago
        Got to love American hate Euro douches who think it's cool to trash America every chance they get, even when a video proves them totally wrong. The guy came within inches of being hit by the vehicle. INCHES. I could understand feet, but that car came within inches. He even touched the car with the palm of his hand.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I bet he changed his underwear a few times after that.
      • 1 Year Ago was on the news in the DC/VA/MD area last night.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another inch or two to the right and they wouldn't be able to show that video. As a Mobile native, I know that the drivers there have never had the opportunity to gain snow/ice driving experience, so when I see slow-mo pileups, and cars in ditches, I'm not surprised. THIS driver is just a moron, and he's very lucky there aren't multiple deaths as a result of his reckless driving.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yet they put all this electronic stuff in these new vehicles to make them safer, and some do, but really all it takes is a safe educated driver, not college degree educated but someone who knows the dynamics of driving on snow and ice.
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