Sunday 20 May 2018

Trucker forces drivers to swerve into the ditch as he attempts 'dangerous' overtaking manoeuvre

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A truck driver has been branded reckless after a video emerged online showing him overtaking another lorry and forcing oncoming traffic into the ditch.

The nail-biting footage was captured on a dash cam in South Africa and it has already been shared across the globe.

Motorist Rudi Viljoen captured the heart-stopping incident on the single lane road on the N1 near Laingsburg.

In it one trucker is observed overtaking another. At least four cars are forced to take evasive action to avoid being hit by the HGV.

Mr Viljoen told The Sun that a further six cars were forced to take similar evasive action before he started filming.

“This all happened at about 90km per hour and it was the longest three minutes of my life," he said.

“I think the driver pulled out of the slipstream thinking he had enough speed but when he lost the slipstream he did not have the speed but just kept on regardless to overtake.

“He didn’t care about the ten cars coming at him head on which were forced off the road.  And the other driver did not slow down either to make the situation safe which he could have,” he said.

Watch the footage here:

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