Saturday, 27. December 2014
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Spectacular footage that shows how a tow truck tipped over and a car hanging from its towing arm swung round to smash another car out of the way shows the dangers of running a red light.
The incident happened in the Russian capital Moscow and was shot by one of the cars travelling in the opposite direction, that stopped correctly at the red light on the busy main road.
Police spokesman Eric Aliyev said: "The incident occurred on Kashira Highway when a tow truck that had been transporting a broken down car to a garage for repairs shot a red light. It was clearly travelling too fast and apparently either did not see or ignored the red light. As a result it found the road suddenly blocked by a vehicle, and had to swerve sharply to avoid a collision.
"Because he was carrying a car the extra weight caused the tow truck to tip over, and the car it was carrying, a Volkswagen Touareg, was swung over the side as well and smashed another car travelling in the other direction waiting at the red light."
The tow truck itself missed two other parked cars as it slid down the road although the driver was hospitalised and treated for cuts and bruises together with the car driver that was hit by the Volkswagen.
The driver of the truck, named as Hleb Shcherbakov, 43, faces prosecution and losing his licence and also had some explaining to do to the owner of the Volkswagen when he turned up at the garage to collect his car to discover it had been reduced to scrap.
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