An initial investigation into the cause of multi-vehicle crash in Burnsville, Minnesota, that started when a dump truck didn’t slow down behind a line of cars stopped at a light, indicates that the driver of the dump truck may have been distracted even though he didn’t appear to be on his phone, a state patrol spokesperson told local media.
The crash was captured on another truck driver’s dashcam. It shows normal daytime traffic flowing northbound on State Highway 13 around 9:45 a.m. A line of vehicles in the lane to the right slowed to a stop for a signal at the approaching intersection when a Volvo dump truck showing no signs of stopping rammed into the back of a Toyota Sienna minivan and then a Ford Explorer, which was pushed into another truck.
The drivers of the minivan and SUV were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Minnesota State Patrol reported. The driver of the dump truck was cited for “failure to use due care.” Investigators say they don’t believe alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.
The video was captured by trucker Pat Nelson of Dispatch Trucking, who posted it on his Facebook page. It has since been viewed more than 350,000 times.
“I was just having a beautiful day listening to the radio,” he told KARE 11. “I seen that dump truck swerve a little bit back, a mile or so. Just before he hit, I laid on my horn, that is what got his attention. Nothing I could do but get my truck stopped so I didn’t get tangled up in it.”
Nelson says he posted the video to remind drivers to be aware of their surroundings, “because the life that is saved might be yours.”
Source: KARE 11