There’s a lot to love about winter (first snow falls, sledding, hot cocoa…), but dangerous driving conditions are not on the list. On January 17th, a crash occurred in Detroit around the ramp from I-96 to M-39, and the footage of the car accident will give you chills.
Tow truck driver Fred Kennedy was on the ramp helping police with another accident that had occurred earlier in the day. According to ABC station WXYZ in Detroit, he was in the middle of lifting the vehicle onto his flatbed when a car suddenly lost control and went flying into the truck. The driver, who survived the incident along with Kennedy, claims that he wasn’t driving fast, but his car slipped on a patch of ice.
Erin Marquis, a local journalist who writes for Jalopnik.com, said that she’s seen similar accidents on this stretch of road.
Here’s the dashcam footage of the accident:
Everyone involved got lucky, but it’s a solid reminder that even if a winter storm isn’t currently happening, it doesn’t mean that the roads are necessarily safe. Always remember to keep your eyes on the road at all times, and keep your speed in check — since crashes like this are more common than you may think.