Video shows pickup truck veer into semi-trailer that dangled off Clark Memorial Bridge

Dramatic dashcam footage shows the moment a pickup truck swerves into oncoming traffic, crashes through a guardrail and into a trailer hanging over the edge of a Louisville bridge.

Pickup driver Trevor Branum, 33, swerved quickly to avoid hitting a stalled vehicle in his lane, but crashed into the front bumper of a Cisco semi-truck on the Clark Memorial Bridge on March 1. I met with an accident. , A video obtained by WHAS shows.

Video from inside the semi-truck shows the driver, 26-year-old Sidney Thomas, behind the wheel, desperately trying to avoid hitting other vehicles on the road.

Video taken from inside the cab as the driver passes the edge of the bridge. Was 11

As the tractor-trailer veered off the road and over the side of the bridge, Thomas looked horrified and quickly looked out the window to see the cabin hanging 100 feet over the edge of the Ohio River.

The truck can be seen hanging off the side and pieces of the front bumper can be seen in the water.

“When I went through the railing, I thought, ‘Wow, this is a terrible way to die,'” Thomas said. told WHAS “I honestly thought I was going to die,” he said on Thursday.

“Sometimes you pray and I’m guilty of that. I pray and I don’t think God is listening,” Thomas added, his voice choking. Ta. “But that day he was.”

The truck dangled over the side of the bridge after the collision. Was 11

The new dashcam footage was shown in court during Wednesday’s hearing for Branham, who faces multiple charges in the case, including driving with a suspended license and wanton endangerment, WHAS reported.

With most of the truck hanging on the side of the road, rescue workers rappelled down and pulled Thomas to safety. The rescue took about 40 minutes.

The driver recalled the terrifying moment in an interview this week. Was 11

Officials said the semi-truck could have moved at any time while it was wedged between the railing and the concrete.

Thomas told WHAS that as he sat in the driver’s seat above the rushing river, he tried to think of what he would do if the river went into freefall.

“I thought, ‘If things start to go well, I’m going to have to move quickly,'” the mother of a 5-year-old recalled. “Unfasten your seatbelt, open the door and jump, because you’re going to drown.”

“It’s better to try to swim and drown than to be underwater and never be able to get out,” she said.