WATCH: Trucker records near catastrophe on I-12
LIVINGSTON - Shocking video surfaced on the Internet of dash-cam video showing a near catastrophe on I-12 recently.
John Miller, a trucker and novelist, captured the close call on February 8th.
The video shows a chain of cars slowing for a Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputy, stopped on the shoulder with blue lights flashing near exit 22. As the driver of an SUV swerves to avoid a collision in the fast lane, a motorist from behind loses control and does an 180-degree turn. The driver stops bumper-to-bumper, facing on-coming traffic but a collision is miraculously avoided.
"Either that person driving [the car] was a very good driver or they are very lucky," Miller said in a phone interview with WBRZ Tuesday. Miller, who stopped for the night on his latest journey when he spoke with the TV station, said he has driven about three million miles and sees similar incidents daily.
But, Miller said it's not always easy to blame inattentive drivers for problems. Miller believes police on the side of the highway provide unintended distractions.
"Maybe when they pull someone over, they can say, 'well there's an exit three miles down the road,'" he said, "Just follow that person and then turn their lights on and pull them off at an exit ramp where it's more safe."
Law enforcement understand rubbernecking causes problems.
"A lot of times when people are following too close, you might have a crash that has to do with that," said Louisiana State Trooper Jared Sandifer.
"I see it all the time, people not paying attention, riding right beside me," said truck driver Alexander Antoine.
Some drivers admit to being part of the problem.
"I rubberneck. I look," said Ginny Dunn. "I look to see."
Police added most of the time, drivers dictate where they pull over during a traffic stop. Many instinctively pull over as soon as they see flashing lights in their rear-view mirror.
"If they feel like they might be at a little safer position by getting off at the next exit, we're totally fine with that," Sandifer said. "A lot of times that's safer for us, as well."
The driver in the video was not cited.
Watch the WBRZ News 2 at 10:00 report by clicking the attached video. You can see the trucker's video HERE.