Dashcam footage shows a car sliding on the icy road and slamming into a tow truck—narrowly missing the truck driver.
The Michigan State Police shared the video.
“We talk about slowing down in bad weather and giving us a lane. The trooper saw it coming and was trying to get another car to block the ramp. They never made it. Please give us a lane,” the police said via Twitter.
The incident took place on the M-39 ramp to I-96, at around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, Jan. 17, according to Fox17.
Lt. Mike Shaw said that the driver in the video was cited for multiple violations.
We talk about slowing down in bad weather and giving us a lane. The trooper saw it coming and was trying to get another car to block the ramp. They never made it. Please give us a lane. pic.twitter.com/rNnV5WXjQG
— MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) January 18, 2018
“As you can tell from the video the tow truck driver actually ran into the lanes of travel and he was pretty lucky that another car wasn’t traveling in the right lane or else he would’ve been hit by that car,’’ Shaw told the Detroit Free Press.
“He was cited for violation of basic speed law, driving too fast for road conditions and violation of Michigan’s emergency vehicle move-over law.’’
The state’s move-over-law penalizes drivers who don’t move over for emergency vehicles, including tow trucks, to four points on their driver’s license and fines and fees of around $150.
However, if the violation causes injury or death to a police officer, firefighter, or other emergency personnel, the penalties increase—up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of $7,500.