Truck Sends Man Flying After Hitting Bucket Truck

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
March 7, 2019 Updated: March 7, 2019

A man was hit by a truck while in a bucket above a highway and lived to tell about it.

The incident took place on Interstate 90 and Pitts Road in Fort Bend County, Texas, reported ABC13.

The man in the bucket was working on a traffic signal when a truck hit the bottom.

This is incredible video and amazing that the man in the bucket was relatively unscathed.

Posted by ABC13-Tom Abrahams on Thursday, 7 March 2019

According to dash camera footage, the worker, at one point, is seen upside down.

Andrew Wolf recorded the footage with his car, saying, “Every time my truck is on, it’s running. This is the most epic and horrific thing I’ve seen.”

The truck was going about 50 mph when it crashed into the bucket, ABC13 reported.

The worker in the bucket dangled in his safety harness for about 30 seconds before the other crew members lowered him to the ground, according to the ABC affiliate report.

“You can see they ignored some safety rules. The road wasn’t blocked off,” said Wolf.

“The truck wasn’t protecting anybody, but he was smart enough to put on a harness and helmet and that’s what saved his life,” added Wolf of the situation.

The worker was in shock but was fine, the report said.

And the driver of the truck stopped, and Wolf called 911.

“I think he used up all his luck that day, but it was just amazing that he literally walked away from that impact,” Wolf said.

Video: Man ‘Sleeps’ Behind Wheel of Tesla

A man was captured “straight snoozing” while driving 75 mph in Los Angeles while behind the wheel of a Tesla Model 3.

Seth Blake, a musician, posted the video on Twitter on March 5, claiming: “Dude is straight snoozing going 75 mph on the interstate, letting his @Tesla do the work.”

“We were near or around him in traffic for about 10 minutes before we lost him. He was going about 75 mph for the first five minutes before we hit LA stop and go traffic for the last five (which felt a little safer),” Blake added to Fox News.

“We eventually lost him, but he was asleep pretty much the whole time. I saw him open his eyes once to look around, but he quickly dozed back to sleep,” he said.

It’s not clear if the man was actually sleeping, but his head appears slumped to the side. Tesla also has not issued a statement on the matter.

The Model 3 has an autopilot feature that is capable of steering the car within a lane and braking for other vehicles. The driver has to have a hand on the steering wheel for the function to work.

Traffic Deaths Down Across US in 2018

U.S. traffic deaths fell 3.1 percent in the first six months of 2018, according to preliminary figures released in October 2018, Reuters reported.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that 2017 traffic deaths fell by 1.8 percent to 37,133 after traffic deaths rose sharply in the previous two years, according to final figures.

The U.S. traffic fatality rate fell to 1.08 deaths per 100 million miles traveled for the first half of 2018.

The fatality rate in 2017 was 1.16 million deaths per 100 million miles traveled—the second highest rate since 2008.

“This is good news and bad news,” said Deborah Hersman, CEO of the National Safety Council, CNBC reported. “The total number of fatalities is not getting worse, but the situation is not getting better.”

Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.