It looks like a scene straight out of Hollywood: A car goes airborne after going up the ramp of a flatbed tow truck on a Georgia highway. And the entire accident was recorded by a police officer's body camera.
Stunned motorists and police officers watched the chilling scene when the Nissan Altima went flying 120 feet (37 meters) on a Lowndes County highway, according to a police report on the May 24 crash.
A 21-year-old woman from Florida was behind the wheel, according to the report. She was taken to South Georgia Medical Center after sustaining serious injuries, Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Courtney Floyd said Wednesday.
After landing with its wheels up, the Nissan struck another vehicle and then spun to a stop after traveling about 23 feet (7 meters), according to the report. Even before the car came to a stop, the police officer whose body camera recorded the accident started running to help the motorists who were affected.
The Lowndes County Deputy Sheriff was struck by flying debris from the vehicle, but his injuries were not serious.
The tow truck was parked in the left lane with its hazard lights on, the accident report states. The authorities were at the site because they went there for another incident.
Georgia State Patrol Lt. Crystal Zion told WSB television that the crash underscores the importance of a law that requires drivers to move out of lane when possible if there is an emergency vehicle with them. lights on parked.
"When you see those lights, slow down, pull over," he said.
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