Hydroplaning Blamed On U-Haul Driver Jackknifing And Hitting Two Firefighters
During wet weather, rain-soaked roads can cause hydroplaning. When the water between the tires of a vehicle and the road surface builds up in such a way, both traction and driver control can be lost and cause an accident.
CBS Local in Dallas reports that hydroplaning is being blamed for a driver of an SUV towing a U-Haul trailer to lose control of his vehicle and striking emergency crews along a highway in Oklahoma. The SUV jackknifed and spun around with the trailer hitting two firefighters who were sat the site of a previously reported accident near Stringtown, Oklahoma.
The dashcam footage obtained from a police cruiser that was also at the scene shows two firefighters from the Stringtown Fire Department being struck by the U-Haul trailer. The firefighters can be seen being knocked off their feet and tossed to the ground.
Authorities say that fortunately neither of the two firefighters were seriously injured in the incident with no broken bones but instead had only suffered minor bruises.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol released the graphic dashcam video on its Twitter feed earlier this month, advising drivers that when roads are wet to slow down in order to avoid the increased risk of getting into an accident.