A drowsy truck driver slammed into the back of a disabled motorhome parked on a South Carolina interstate late Friday night.
The incident happened on October 15th just after 11:30 p.m. in Colleton County, South Carolina.
According to News 2, a tow truck driver was working to remove a disabled motorhome from the southbound breakdown lane of Interstate 95 near mile marker 45 when “a southbound tractor-trailer entered the breakdown lane, striking the motorhome and then the wrecker,” said Colleton County Fire Rescue.
The force of the collision sent the motorhome, wrecker, and semi truck off the right shoulder and into the nearby woods.
Luckily, the tow truck driver managed to get out of the way fast enough to save his life.
“When he realized the collision was imminent, the tow truck operator dove to the passenger side of the vehicle, a move that spared his life,” officials said, pointing out that the driver’s side of the tow truck was crushed in the collision.
The tow truck driver did sustain injuries, but none were life-threatening.The truck driver was not hurt in the crash, and told responding officers that he had fallen asleep at the wheel, which led to the crash.
The crash spilled diesel fuel and scattered debris across the interstate, and cleanup took several hours.
The incident is still under investigation.