A motorcyclist survived a head-on collision with an 18-wheeler in Slidell on Friday evening, when he was thrown to the side of the road before the truck ran over his Harley-Davidson.
The accident, captured on video, shows the cyclist stopped at the corner of Carnation Street and U.S. 190 West, waiting to turn onto the highway. The 18-wheeler, traveling west, careens around the corner, striking the motorcycle head on and then hitting a power pole before skidding to a stop in a ditch.
Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith called the 50-year-old’s survival “truly a miracle.”
“It’s not every day you can get run over by and 18-wheeler and live to tell about it,’’ he said.
The truck driver, 56-year-old Timothy Duimstra, is suspected of being under the influence of drugs and alcohol, Sgt. Daniel Seuzeneau said in a news release Tuesday. He was arrested and booked with first degree negligent injury, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated.
Police officers arrived on the scene to find the rider in a grassy area alongside the road, a downed power line and the truck in the ditch, with the motorcycle pinned beneath it.
The truck driver, who is from Hudsonville, Mich., was slurring his speech and unable to maintain a steady balance. The cyclist is not suspected of being impaired. He was taken to University Hospital where he is in critical condition but is expected to survive.
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