Widely circulated message, which features a video showing a horrendous collision between an SUV and a large truck, claims that the footage was captured by a State Trooper’s dashcam. The message suggests that the video graphically illustrates the dangers of driver inattention due to texting, reading or other distractions.
The video is genuine. The accident took place on February 24, 2012, near the village of Omutischi Petushki in Russia’s Vladimir Region. The driver of the SUV was killed. Reports indicate that the SUV driver probably lost control after his wheel hit a furrow of wet snow. There is no indication that the accident occurred because the driver was engaged in a distracting activity such as texting or reading.
THIS A VIDEO TAKEN BY A STATE TROOPER DASH CAM. SEE HOW QUICKLY YOUR LIFE COULD CHANGE BY TAKING YOUR EYES OFF THE ROAD FOR A SPLIT SECOND. THINK ABOUT THIS NEXT TIME YOU SEE SOMEONE TEXTING OR READING A BOOK OR PUTTING ON THEIR MAKEUP, WHILE DRIVING.PLEASE SEND THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW. THIS IS REALITY…
This message, which includes a video depicting a horrific high-speed crash between an SUV and large truck, is circulating via social media and email and has also been posted to a great many websites, blogs and forums.
According to the message, the footage was captured by a State Trooper’s dashcam. The wording of the message implies that the accident happened because the driver took his eyes off the road for a split second, possibly while texting or reading. And by its use of the term “State Trooper”, the message also implies that the accident took place in the United States.
The video is genuine. However, it did not happen in the United States. In fact, the accident occurred on February 24, 2012, near the village of Omutischi Petushk in the Vladimir Region of Russia.
According to a Russian news article about the accident, the driver of the Nissan Navara SUV lost control of his vehicle, crossed to the wrong side of the road and collided with an oncoming Freightliner truck. The driver, identified simply as Alexander, a resident of Moscow, died at the scene. The truck driver survived the accident.
It is unclear exactly what caused the accident.
The news report suggests that the Nissan’s wheels touched a “furrow” of wet snow on the uncleared road which caused the driver to lose control and veer into the path of the truck. Although we perhaps will never know what the driver was doing just before the accident, there are currently no reports that suggest that the driver was texting or reading. It is unclear who took the video footage of the accident, and no reports that indicate that the camera was mounted in a police vehicle.
The report also notes that the stretch of road has a notorious reputation, having taken the lives of well known Russian actor Aleksandr Dedjushko and his wife and child in a similar accident in 2007. And, in 2009, a bus and a truck collided in the same area killing 12 passengers and both drivers.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!