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Road Rage or Car Blind? Trucker Rears Motorist Multiple Times

by Jana Ritter - Published: 9/16/2015

The California Highway Patrol has decided to investigate a case of “road rage”, after receiving a cellphone video, which shows a big rig driver basically pushing a small Toyota from behind and into another commercial truck in front of the car. Not once, not twice, but three times. The incident occurred last week during a heavy traffic back up on the westbound 91 freeway near Yorba Linda. The Toyota driver (with his wife in the passenger seat) had made a lane change, which put his vehicle in between two semi-trucks and according to eyewitnesses it angered the truck-driver behind him. However, the truck driver said he simply didn’t see the vehicle in front of him.

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Fortunately the incident caught the attention of two people in a nearby vehicle who started recording it on their cell phone. The video begins after the first time the semi-truck reared into the Toyota and the Toyota driver is getting out of his car to survey the damage on his bumper. The driver, (who wishes to be called “Ray” out of fear for his safety), later explained to local news media that he had tried to get the truck driver’s attention at that point. "I came out of the car and looked and waved at him. I said, 'What's wrong with you? Why are you pushing me?'" (Watch the video here)

The truck driver didn’t respond, so Ray simply returned to his vehicle and the video shows that just ten seconds later his Toyota gets hit by the truck a second time. Ray waves his arm out the window of his vehicle and the truck seems to stop. But not for long and as the witness recording the video sees the truck going at the Toyota for a third time, she realizes something is very wrong. "I can't believe his behavior... Wow," she says in the video. At that point Ray says he was terrified as well and he felt helpless as the semi-truck continued to push him and his wife into the truck in front of them. "Totally scared that we probably [would get] crushed between the two trucks. I'm hitting the horn. My car is in park. The brakes are fully down," Ray explained. He thanks their lives to the lift gate on the truck in front of them because he realized it was the only thing preventing them from being crushed between the two semi-trucks.


Finally, the truck driver waved his arm out of the window as Ray tried to move his vehicle out of the lane. He explains that they got over to the side of the road where CHP officers were already handling another accident. At that point they took an accident report and Ray said the truck driver brushed it off with a brief explanation. "He just said, 'I didn't see you.' That's what he said," Ray said.

Another eyewitness, who saw the entire incident go down, thinks otherwise.
"What's on my mind is that the driver of the truck had to be a little off his rocker. It was a clear case of road rage."

The truck driver has not made any public statements and his employer, Agricomm Express Inc., has also refused to make any comments to the media.

CHP has confirmed that after seeing the video they will re-investigate the incident to determine if it was indeed a case of road rage and they plan to re-interview all parties involved.


Charles Elick Jr
Charles Elick Jr
The car driver put himself in a bad position for sure. And it appears that the truck driver was messing with him a little. Not a very professional way to be when you are trucking
Richard Mitchell
Richard Mitchell
This asshole clearly saw the car, and should have his CDL revoked for life! People like that have absolutely no business behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler, PERIOD!
Kevin Davis
Kevin Davis
Sorry, but with the behavior habits of four wheelers on SoCal freeways I just can't have sympathy for the Camry driver. Ya, it's come to that!
Rich Woodward
Rich Woodward
I will not defend hitting the car, but yes it is possible. I owned a 379 Pete w/ smoke colored bug deflector. There were multiple occasions where if I ended up close behind a small car at a stoplight I could not see it at all. In grid lock traffic on I-90 in Chicago one day I let a Camry sneak in front of me as I was watching my right mirror. I watched the car that I KNEW was in front of me pull away, I let the clutch out... And bump. I rear ended the Camry at about 2 miles an hour in 2nd gear. No visible damage at all to either vehicle, 4 cases of whiplash to the 4 occupants of the Camry. Short of it is, yes it is possible to not see a car directly in front of you.
Billy Zirkle
Billy Zirkle
At 1st I would say "yes it's possibly " not to see a car pull in front of you. In this deal this driver is totally messing with this guy and in my opinion he should be charged with Road Rage. We as driver don't need this. We don't get much credit for doing good but screw up and see it get blown out...
Aaron Baltosser
Aaron Baltosser
When you stop behind someone in traffic there is a standard stopping distance. That distance means you can see the bottom of both rear tires of the vehicle in front of you. If you can't, you got it wrong.
Joey Mullins
Joey Mullins
Yea that's the Smith system way most drivers never heard of this system
Aaron Baltosser
Aaron Baltosser
The strange thing is I was taught that in 1985 in driver's ed. I still use that today so if I do get hit from behind I won't get pushed into the car in front of me. Never had an issue yet doing that.
Samuel Lee
Samuel Lee
Never demand your right of way... And something that squirts paint remover on 4 wheelers
Marquita Lowry Carroll
Marquita Lowry Carroll
When I first read your title question, I thought, absolutely it's possible! Then I watched the video. This driver doesn't have a leg of defense to stand on. 1) It's a modern aerodynamic truck nose. You can see super well over the hood. 2) It certainly appears the driver acknowledged the driver of the Prius. But those points are simply my non-professional, untrained opinion. I'm sure a good lawyer could spin that video either way.
Milan Cakic
Milan Cakic
I had a car get in front of me from right side I never knew he was there till he speed up it was in California rush.
Braydon Rice
Braydon Rice
With a slope nose truck like that 100% he could see the car, if it were a long nose Pete I would say no he never saw it as I question it in traffic all the time, at which I wait another second to see if one pulls up
Richard Mitchell
Richard Mitchell
The part about not setting the car from a Pete is true, but, having been a Trucker since'84, I guarantee he felt i the impact the first time. The following his were nothing but purposeful.
Kenny G Simms
Kenny G Simms
It comes along with the jobs I deal with cars cutting me short all day every day but my cdls are important to me and they mean a lot to me
Ruben Luna
Ruben Luna
That would be my story
Jerry Gugat
Jerry Gugat
This driver did what some of want to do but we use our better judgement.
Dave Stevens
Dave Stevens
Trucker driver got his license,out of a cracker jack box,his should loss his license over this,point blank
Robert Crow
Robert Crow
2 things. Don't squeeze your little Toyota between 2 80,000 lb trucks. I believe the driver was just pissed off as many of us get because of the stupidity of 4 wheelers. But still no reason to ram the fool.
Charlie Yonushonis
Charlie Yonushonis
The car probably squeezed it's dumbass into a bad situation
Ranj Singh
Ranj Singh
Cars in Southern California in general cut off trucks at alarming rates and distance. Trucks in general only leave enough distance between other vehicles to stop. Now you have a car cut you off and squeeze in front of you? Well if the person ahead applies brakes .... game over. Truck drivers are bad in LA and cars drivers are double bad. We have to keep to the right 2 lanes and all we ever see is merging traffic at 40 mph and exiting traffic at 45 at every exit. Trucks are continuously braking and accelerating hence polluting. System needs a review. Maybe automated trucking is the way.
Ryan Callahan
Ryan Callahan
Mandatory dash cams I see on the future
Jim Staples
Jim Staples
Probably a dumbass four wheeler screwing with the truck
Steven Willard
Steven Willard
As a professional truck driver you should keep your cool and let it go.
Alan Samuel Shole
Alan Samuel Shole
With my big hood Pete, yes. With a slope nose girly truck, no way.
David D Whitehead
David D Whitehead
Ced you wouldn't know you look to fat go get yours up off the floor
Dain Hellstrom
Dain Hellstrom