A Nevada State Trooper and a motorist he pulled over on the side of a Las Vegas highway narrowly escaped injury after a tractor-trailer hauling a load of beer spilled its cargo, dousing the officer and the people inside the car with a wave of spilled beer, broken glass, and cans.
KSNV News 3 Las Vegas reports that Trooper Travis Smaka had just pulled a motorist over onto the shoulder of Interstate 15 and asked the question: “You guys have anything to drink tonight?” when he heard a loud noise. Moments later, he was bathed from head to toe in beer.
“Well, over 1,000 pounds of beer shattering and a tidal wave of beer coming at me,” noted Smaka.
“Just as I ask the question, I hear the sound that always gets the hairs on the back of my neck standing up — of brakes locking up,” Trooper Smaka told KSNV. Before there was any time to react, the truck had spilled its load.
The incident, which was captured on the dashboard cam of Trooper’s Smaka’s cruiser, did not physically injure anyone, but the outcome easily could have been much worse.
It’s not clear why the driver of the beer truck had to brake hard, nor did State Troopers say how the truck lost its cargo. Nevada State Trooper Jason Buratczuk, however, indicated that the incident was triggered by a passenger car driving unsafely.
“When you watch the video, it is a little amusing but at the same time, sends a serious reminder of what happens on the freeway when people do cut in front of semis,” Buratczuk told KSNV.
Many motorists simply do not know or fail to understand that 80,000-pound semi-trucks cannot come to a quick stop like passenger cars can, especially when loaded with cargo, so darting in front of one is never a good idea.
KSNV reported that State Troopers were riding shotgun with tractor trailer drivers last weekend looking for motorists driving unsafely, such as impatiently tailgating commercial trucks and making unsafe lane changes.
Source: KSNV News 3 Las Vegas