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Warning Saves Lives in Houston Toll Road Crash Caught on Camera

A stranded motorist and a service vehicle were struck by a swerving SUV…but were unharmed thanks to an emergency warning relayed from an alert driver.

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Sunday morning on the Westbrook tollway…an erratic driver caught one woman’s attention.  A silver Ford Expedition swerving all over the road… she reported it to the Tollroad Authority’s “Incident Command”…Alexa Barrick (dispatcher) took the call. [Vehicle traveling eastbound in southwest plaza].  “I cannot imagine what would’ve happened if she hadn’t taken time to actually give us a call…” said Barrick.  Because up head it was an instant response unit on the shoulder changing a flat tire another dispatcher warned him. [“Be advised sir…a vehicle is approaching you that is swerving all OVER the lane…he is about to get onto the shoulder…I need you to steer clear of the lane. “]   By then with cameras pointed..all the entire room could do was sit and watch. [“Ohh…God”]  With the warning from the roadside assistance worker,  the driver of the disabled vehicle and his three passengers were able to shield themselves the doors…far enough way.  [All units be advised…vehicle has just been struck]   The solid and sturdy tow truck instead took the impact keeping them safe. They could’ve been pinned between the two vehicles, you know, it would’ve caused serious injury if not death of one of one of now both of them. The driver of the expedition told deputies he had been up for more than 24 hours and was on his cell phone. You don’t I think now people think of cop a night that an attack that he had gone. Without the warning from the citizen it could’ve ended much differently now the dramatic video can serve as a lesson.  “You don’t mix the fatigue with…distractions.”