Friday, 28. November 2014
20. 06. 14. - 16:00
This is the moment a jackknifed truck slewed almost to disaster in Russia during a heavy rainstorm.
But luckily driver Vladimir Pahonkov, 47, managed to regain control of his rig at the last moment and it stopped before hitting any vehicles.
"I thought I was a goner and that I would take out several innocent motorists with me," said Vladimir. "All the Gods were shining down on me this day."
Vladimir was driving in rain on a road in Krasnodar, a city in western Russia, when a dashboard mounted camera caught his articulated lorry jackknifing.
Vladimir went on: "A jackknife is the worst thing possible that can happen to a trucker. You have no control over the vehicle, no brakes, no steering - nothing. You are 40 tonnes of moving metal which only an immoveable object can stop.
"When the truck began to slide I saw all these cars flashing past me with children and women in and I thought I was going to take a good number of them with me to the cemetery.
"Only at the very last minute did the truck cab begin to swing back to a more normal position and I was able to hit the brakes and bring it to a halt. I was shaking with fright and relief and I said a small prayer that I had been allowed to live and go home to my family."
The accident was actually caught on two video cameras that day, from front and back, which when seen together give a dramatic insight into the near-disaster that played out on the road.
His jackknifing has become a hit on the Russian internet but he added: "I don't care how many people look at it, I can't. I never want to live through something like this again."
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