A Florida driver was critically injured after her car «jumped» off a tow truck ramp on a Georgia highway in a dramatic accident that was captured on a police officer’s body camera, authorities said Wednesday.
The May 24 incident occurred after an unrelated crash on the same highway in the southern part of the state, a Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman said in an email.
At around 11:20 a.m., the truck was preparing to load a totaled vehicle and was parked in the eastbound left lane of the highway with its hazard lights on, according to a state patrol crash report.
Body camera video from an officer on the scene captured a car identified in the accident report as a 2014 Nissan Altima driving toward the truck ramp.
The report does not say how fast the driver was moving, but identifies the posted speed limit in the area as 65 mph.
In the video, the Nissan drives up the ramp and launches into the air. The car spins slowly as it rises above the cab and the driver of the truck, who is standing near the vehicle’s front bumper, appearing to land on the roof before flipping onto the road.
The accident report says the Nissan jumped approximately 120 feet before colliding with another car on the road.
The driver of the Nissan, identified in the report as a Tallahassee woman born in 2001, was hospitalized with serious injuries, the spokeswoman said. Her condition was not immediately clear.
A second driver was also hospitalized, according to the report.
It was not clear what the driver was doing before the accident, the spokeswoman said. Efforts to contact her on Wednesday were unsuccessful.