Gotta Watch: Road hazards
A 2x4 flys into a car windshield.
April 6th, 2011
11:22 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Road hazards

Things often go haywire on the highway but aren't caught on tape. Today however, we bring you three gripping videos that show what happens when things don't go as planned on the road.

Plywood missile – Our team at American Morning showed this harrowing clip where a woman filming two trucks on the road gets a 2×4 through her window.

Flaming car rescue – This is one brave police officer. Here, he tells us about his decision to pull a man from a burning car.

New Bonnie and Clyde? – This video is as "Wild West" as it gets in 2011...except this was in North Carolina...in a Jeep. Here, a couple wanted for armed robbery completely bypasses a police roadblock.

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  1. Joel Raes

    That was a lucky one, could have killed someone.

    Thanks,

    Joel Raes

    April 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jazzzzzzzz

    Yes, that's a shock 2 trucker playing CHICKEN. Think before u get in a vehicle.

    April 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Callista

      My daddy was a trucker for years and he mentioned that most truckers are really safe drivers–but a few bad apples always exist and they can really mess up your day in those big rigs.

      April 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatguy

      I may be wrong, but isn't one of the key components of chicken the drivers going in opposite directions? I mean, that is the whole premise of the game? How exactly is a guy pulling a trailer slowly overtaking a guy driving a flatbed playing chicken?

      April 6, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoodleHat

      The majority of truckers tend to fall under either unsafe or inconsiderate. I'm sorry to say this is not a minority, but it's true. In fairness, this extends to drivers in general, the difference being truckers can do far worse damage.

      April 6, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack

      So texting and talking with a cellphone in your hand is illegal, but video taping is ok? She has one hand on the wheel, and she swerves into the right lane, probably running a family off the road. I hope her husband or anyone else doesn't allow their children to ride with her.

      April 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack

      Yes, whatguy, you're correct, chicken is played by traveling head on toward each other then the chicken swerves out of the way. But consider the source. She's an idiot. She's on a highway, tailgating a half a second behind the car in front of her, one hand on the steering wheel, and failing to signal as she swerves to the right.

      April 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Selmers

      These are the same people who call the 2×4 'plywood'!!!

      April 6, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      1st chicken is headon not side by side, 2nd had she been paying attention to her driving the damage may have been less, 3rd–not all truck drivers are rude and inconsiderate ever think it is the four wheelers who make some of us that way i.e. when you constantly cut us off (leaving less than 6 foot distance after passing and rentering the lane), sneaking up on us from the should cuz your in too big of a hurry to wait your turn to enter the interstate (yield means stop also and wait for those in the speed lanes), we get cussed at daily, the one finger salute is famous, and we are never appreciated for bring the ungrateful ones their goodies. It is a twso way street out there, with one difference, it takes us longer to stop. Now these two I would never call truckers, they are local workers and one passing the other in my opinion. Over all my review of this is good for her that is what she get for trying to get someone who is hard working trying to feed their family in trouble just becasue she wants to glo faster. Even though texting is illegal, i think taking movies should also be, as it diverts the eyes from the highway ibn front of you. Lady get real get a dash cam, but remember if your doing wrong the Good Lord knows and he surely will stop you in your tracks. Wonder if she got a ticket for distracted driving/ I sure would have made sure she got the maximum fine for that stunt.

      April 6, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DeeJay

    what the heck was that lady doing driving and trying to film something at the same time... DUH!

    April 6, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ugh

      It looked to me like the filming was from the backseat...granted, I watched with the sound off and don't know how it was reported. If the driver was filming then she should have her license taken away.

      April 6, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • DACOOLE

      Got ears? If you listen the lady said she was filming because they were "playing chicken" with their vehicles and holding up traffic. It's called EVIDENCE.

      April 6, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • abel mendoza

      Dumb lady filiming, who was going to report her for also doing something unsafe. Karma

      April 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack

      I saw two truck drivers driveing normally and a bimbo playing with at camera.

      April 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kickstand

    It was a 2×4, probably spruce. It was NOT plywood. Sheesh, it doesn't take much knowledge to get that one right...

    April 6, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • tenorlord

      Yeah! What the heck kinda reportin' is that? Plywood 2X4??

      April 6, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • DACOOLE

      I don't really care what it is called if it is coming at ME.

      April 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tbirely

    If you look at the video those are not truckers. The one in front of the driver is someone pulling a trailer and the other is a flat bed. I am just saying.

    April 6, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Concerned Citizen

      "Truck drivers" doesn't necessarily refer to semi-tractor trailer drivers. In regular English, that phrase refers to the drivers of any form of truck, including a pickup truck pulling a trailer, or a flatbed.

      April 6, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoodleHat

      Truck drivers might not limit it to 18 wheelers, but if you say trucker, people aren't going to think about someone driving a pickup.

      April 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Concerned Citizen

    Video 1: While I don't approve of driving distracted in any way, that 2×4 would have gone through the windshield regardless of what she was doing. The fault belongs to the careless drivers in front of her. Law states that vehicles must pass on the left, and cannot prevent traffic from doing the same.

    Video 2: I applaud that officer. Regulations would have allowed him to keep his distance instead of putting himself in danger to help, yet he thought only of the injured person inside the car. On the flip side, why is the other police car not blocking the road to prevent other drivers from nearing the burning car? Common sense says that nobody needs to be close to a potential explosion.

    Video 3: I couldn't watch it because CNN's video system is broken, as usual.

    April 6, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Third video worked fine for me. Here's a thought: Maybe it's your crappy computer.

      April 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Noocrat

      "Law states that vehicles must pass on the left, and cannot prevent traffic from doing the same."

      That's a state law and varies significantly state-to-state.

      Admittedly, I'm on lunch at work, so I'm watching with the sound off, but I don't see the state mentioned.

      April 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. WhatThe

    Why was the driver filming? What an idiot. Your driveing put both hands on the wheel and concentrate on what your doing.

    April 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      Agreed, when I see people messing around on the road I back off, I don't get closer just in case I can sell my video to america's stupidest camera people – and had she been further back the 2×4 would have landed in front of her. Still dangerous, but less so

      April 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • asds

      She said she was filming so she could report them to their bosses. What a stupid lady.

      April 6, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhyNameCallingComesBack2HauntYou

      Both times you typed "your," you needed "you're." That's basic 3rd-grade English.
      Also, there's no "e" in "driving."

      April 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Driver

    It always cracks me up when truckers call themselves “professional drivers”. They do stupid stuff like racing up hills and creating backups all the time.

    April 6, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      "Professional" indicates that you make money doing it, as in a profession. It does not denote your ability at doing said task. This has however become distorted by people believing that someone who does someone in a profession should be an EXPERT.

      April 6, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Seems like the person filming was creating more of a hazard. Wasn't as if the vehicle in front of her could swerve to miss the 2×4. Where is this bad driving she speaks of?

      April 6, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      "This has however become distorted by people believing that someone who does someone in a profession should be an EXPERT."

      What you are talking about is the oldest profession, and if you are paying Spitzer Democrat prices for it, then yes they better be an "expert".

      April 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jim

    That isn't the truckers fault that the 2×4 went thru the window. I didn't see anything to suggest they were driving badly. It appears they were on a two lane road moving one way so whatever....what an idiot for filming something that probably wasn't even a big deal. The trucks probably were probably just moving slower than she wanted.

    April 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • xxsevensxx

      How they were driving isn't the issue. The 2×4 was not properly secured. Even if she hadn't been filming, it still would have happened.

      April 6, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      It was on the side of the road and the vehicle in front of her hit it you idiot.

      April 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatguy

      actually the issue was her following distance as much as her camera work (possibly the reason for her following distance), as that is what made the 2×4 on the side of the road hit her window instead of fall to the ground and maybe hit a bumper or give you distance to brake and miss it.

      April 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tbirely

    And that is why I noted that those are not "truck drivers" because when someone says "truckers" ppl usually start on big trucks. Yes some truck drivers give truck driving a bad name but not all are bad. The people in this video more than likely don't have to have CDL's to be driving what they are driving other than possibly the person driving the flat bed.

    April 6, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jp

    Umm, Why was the driver filming? Hello?!?!

    April 6, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      For the reason stated in the video, you genius, she was recording evidence of their illegal and dangerous driving.

      April 6, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Arlee

    She should have been in the other lane until the vehicle towing the trailer has cleared, not to mention she was following too close. If she was staying back she would have seen the trailer run over the 2×4 and throw it up and would have had time to react to it. I won't even talk about the camera while driving.

    April 6, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Glenn

    Bizzare how that 2×4 popped up from the wheel of the trailer, it probably fell off the vehicle towing the trailer and bounced up. But seriously, that woman is *very* lucky to be alive. I've seen those things accidentally dropped in construction sites and go straight down through a couple of floors of plywood subfloor, getting popped out at highway speeds could be nothing short of devistating if hit at the right angle. Say your prayers lady!

    April 6, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      The 2×4 was clearly laying on the side of the road. The vehicle in front of her had no choice but to hit it. Also where is this bad driving this woman recording was trying to capture. I don't see the vehicles in front of her doing anything wrong.

      April 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatguy

      Correct Joe, was clearly on the side of the road, and to add to it, she was clearly following too close and in doing so created the hazard to herself of things that fly up like that hitting her windshield.

      April 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • TechGromit

      I looked at the video several times, I can't find any fault here by the truck drivers. Sometimes there is debris in the road you can't avoid. Far as i can tell, she's only 3 car lengths behind the trailer, assuming she was traveling at 50 MPH, she should have been at least 5 car lengths behind. with another 20 feet of space between her and the trailer to lose momentum and fall, the 2×4 would have probably hit the front of the car instead of the windshield.

      April 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Greg

    The viseo of the 2X4 coming through the window is something that happens a lot more then people want to think. I had a co-worker who was injured and lost the site of 1 eye due to this exact same accident. A friend of mine was taking his son to a soccer game when a steel drum came off the truck in front of him and just missed hitting his car.

    April 6, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ELMER FUDD

    It almost looked like it was on the ground and the flatbed rolled over it, popping it up in the air.

    April 6, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
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