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'Livin' on the Edge' Truck Accident

Photographs show a truck that crashed through a highway barrier and jumped a culvert on the edge of a cliff.

Published Feb 12, 2007

Claim:
Photographs show a truck that crashed through a highway barrier and skirted a culvert on the edge of a cliff.

The above-displayed photographs depict a December 2006 accident in which the driver of 1991 GMC pickup slid off the road onto the right shoulder, overcorrected when he turned back to the left, and crossed over the opposite lane of the highway before crashing though a cement barrier, skirting a railing above a drainage culvert, and coming to rest facing opposite his original direction of travel — barely missing a plunge over a 200-foot precipice by about twelve inches.

The roadway seen in these pictures is Highway 59 (i.e., State Route 59) near Hurricane City, Utah:

The Hurricane City Police department confirmed that these images "are consistent with a single vehicle traffic accident that occurred on State Route 59 in Hurricane City" on 30 December 2006, and that "Hurricane City Police and Hurricane City Fire Rescue responded to the scene." The driver told police he was traveling at 55 mph when he left the road, but the police report of the incident notes that the truck left a 92-foot-long skid mark, suggesting a much higher speed (perhaps 75 to 80 mph).

Sources

McLaughlin, Eliott C.   "Amazing Truck Crash Photos Spark Web Debate."     CNN.com.   6 September 2007.

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