A Texas A&M professor's dashcam captured dramatic footage of a cement truck overturning and crashing into his vehicle last week in a scary clip that's now making the Internet rounds.
Guan Zhu, a professor in Texas A&M's veterinary medicine and biomedical department, told KBTX-TV that the accident happened the afternoon of April 8
in College Station, Texas, when a cement truck ran a red light and slid into his vehicle.
"It's what happened, you know, I could not remember in my memory, a truck is coming, and I could not remember exactly how it happened and then the video says that's how it happened, kind of turning like 45 degrees before it hits my vehicle," he said.
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KBTX-TV reported that Zhu and the driver of the cement truck both suffered minor injuries in the accident. The Houston Chronicle noted that the cement truck driver
also received a traffic ticket for running a red light.
Zhu told reporters that he installed the dashcam about a year ago just in case he was ever involved in an accident.
College Station Police Department spokesman Lt. Chuck Fleeger told the Houston Chronicle that Zhu's dashcam provided all the evidence investigating officers needed to determine the cause of the accident.
"It shows pretty conclusive evidence of what happened," Fleeger said Wednesday. "By looking at the video of the accident it seems a lot worse than it ended up."
Dashcams are becoming increasingly popular after being a part of law enforcement vehicles for years, according to the Chronicle.
"It's evidence just like if someone took pictures," Matthew Storey, a Houston-based civil litigator, told the newspaper. "In fact you have a duty to preserve that evidence and if you don't, depending on the circumstances you can be sanctioned."
The Chronicle wrote that dashcams are particularly popular in Russia, where one of the devices captures some of the best footage of the meteorite that struck Chelyabinsk in February 2013.
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