Road Rage or Car Blind? Trucker Rears Motorist Multiple Timesby 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.