Quick-Thinking Semi-Truck Driver Narrowly Avoids Crashing Into School Bus After Brakes Fail
Heart-racing footage from this incredible near-catastrophe demonstrated this driver's speedy reactions when his brakes failed on his semi-truck that was on a collision course with a school bus.
Montville Police Department released multiple angles of the footage showing the truck hurtling down an Ohio hill on the morning of April 19th towards the yellow school bus carrying elementary school children and staff.
As the bus came to a halt to collect a student the truck driver realised that the brakes had malfunctioned and failed, not allowing him to slow the vehicle down.
Honking his horn continuously, the truck driver tried to make the surrounding motorists aware of the what could be a devastating incoming incident.
The semi moved into the oncoming traffic and the vehicles quickly manoeuvred to steer clear of truck, only leaving a small gap for the hefty vehicle to take evasive action as the traffic had made contact with each other.
The lorry darted through the gap between the school bus and the cars in the other lane with no major collisions caused.
Police Chief Matt Neil said the driver managed to stop the tractor-trailer about a quarter of a mile down the road before he continued back to a truck yard.
Neil said:"I'm just glad that crisis was averted. This could have been devastating to our community, to the whole county, the whole area.
"He handled everything in a very professional manner. In 15 seconds, he had to make a decision: Where am I putting this 80,000-pound truck?"
Local police are still questioning how the brakes failed and how it was not reported on the vehicle prior to departure.