Pickup Truck Flies Through Air, Lands atop Sedan
Yes, it can happen, and it did this weekend. On Sunday, October 7, 2018, a white pickup truck lost control, hurled through the air, and landed right-side up on top of a small sedan. Luckily, everyone involved was wearing a seat belt and no one was killed.
The accident happened on Williamson Valley Road near Granite Mountain Middle School and involved three vehicles. The woman driving the white pickup was heading north on Williamson when another pickup truck next to her sideswiped her, causing her to lose control. She veered into oncoming traffic and hit a black car, making her vehicle flip through the air. Somehow, her truck landed right on top of a red sedan.
There were two occupants in the sedan, and one occupant each in the black car and white truck. Everyone was able to walk away from the accident with minor injuries.
Police are still looking for the black pickup truck that sideswiped the white truck and caused this chain reaction. Anyone with information is urged to call the Prescott Police Department immediately.
Police are also stressing the importance of wearing seat belts. There were two accidents in the same area just the week in which vehicle occupants remained safe because they were wearing seat belts.
Aside from wearing seat belts, drivers can follow a few other safety tips to reduce their risks, including:
• Never drive while drowsy or distracted. This type of driving can lead to sideswipe accidents like the one that caused this crash. It can also lead to rear-ending and other very serious accidents.
• Reduce your speed. Make sure to stay within the speed limit at all times. The faster you drive, the greater the impact if you crash and the more likely you are to lose control of your vehicle.
• Stay within your lane. Be aware as you drive to stay in your lane and never veer into oncoming traffic or sideswipe someone next to you. This can cause serious and fatal accidents.
• Obey street signs. Stay alert as you drive and pay attention to all road signs and lights. This can help you identify when you need to slow down, yield or stop.
• Keep a distance between your vehicle and other cars. This could give you the time you need to avoid an accident that occurs in front of you.