Heart-Stopping Dash Cam Video Reminds Us to Drive Safely

On this page, we focus mostly on the beautiful Emerald Counties. However, the recent warning from the CHP on the fatal pedestrian traffic collision and the upcoming winter storms made us think of this video.

From the heart-stopping moment when a car is struck by a semi to the closing credits, the viewer is mesmerized by the message of driving carefully in bad weather and when passing accidents.

Consider sharing this with folks you love who will be driving. And, for you, our readers, on this Holiday week, please take your time and get where you’re going safely.



  • Wow those videos shows just how black ice can get ya!!!yikes everyone take CARE PLEASE.i don’t want to hear about any of you in a wreck,watch others too !!

    • Well, thats not black ice. That is a blizzard with obvious hazards including a crash. These dumbasses kept speeding through. These conditions don’t just jump out and “get ya!!!”, bad driving is the cause here. A word of caution, just because you have 4 wheel drive, doesn’t mean you can drive faster. I see that mistake all the time.

  • Holy crap! Thanks for posting this. My son and his friend are planning to drive home from Sonoma State on Tuesday night. I saw the weather forecast earlier and am going to try to get him to come on Wednesday. Both Ridgewood summit and Rattlesnake summit will have snow if the forecast is correct…snow levels dropping rapidly on Tuesday to 1500 feet. Safe travels everyone!

  • Oh my, that was horrific to watch. It is so unbelievable how stupid drivers are, esp. when conditions are like that, when they come upon an accident and do not slow down ahead of time. That video gave me teary eyes. Thanks for posting Kym!

  • that will remind me to slow down and LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE way ahead while driving to eureka tomorrow in the rain
    as a retired AT&T lineman , we had defensive driving lectures every year . sure wish more could get that training .
    the life you save could be yours

  • Various factors are at play at scenes like this.
    While patient care is a high priority, traffic control remains one of the other most valuable aspects of controlling an emergency scene.
    Posting someone as soon as possible far down the traffic flow from the accident scene can be a great help… a few flares, in lieu or in place of a person, can be dropped by anyone as a signal there is something potentially dangerous ahead.
    This video goes to show that the scene can actually be greater than what ‘grabs the eye’ in the immediacy.
    People’s attention can be drawn into the bigger cluster of vehicles/people/debris, with the potential they are going to miss other important things/people on the periphery of the accident scene… it’s important to keep the whole roadfront in your view.
    Folks will always ‘rubberneck’ trying to catch a glimpse of the ‘action’, and from the day a person figured they should take video or pictures with their cellphone while driving… the situation just got more dangerous.
    When I worked for El Paso EMS back in the 80’s, we had one of our people… a young man with a family… working a crash scene with multiple emergency vehicles, lights all over, killed by a driver passing the scene.
    It’s never totally safe out there… nice to have someone spot and warn of impending trouble coming your way…

    • Some insurance companies offer classes for older drivers / defensive driving – some will actually lower one insurance bill for a year.
      My thought was that one of the drivers should have immediately run some flares up the hill – he or she could have stayed outside the fence, holding the flares or placed them near the road….

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