While news photographer Caleb Holder was covering a car crash this weekend, little did he knew that another accident was about to happen. A semi-truck came out of the fog while Holder was shooting; if flipped on the side, missing the photographer by a whisker. And it was all caught on camera.
Holder was covering a car crash that happened on Highway 84 and County Road 3600 on 27 December. “Part of my job as a news photographer is to go out to breaking news and shoot video of whatever it is. That includes car crashes sometimes,” he told KCBD News Channel 11. “I was looking [in] that direction. That’s where I was focused,” he added.
But on a foggy day with low visibility, no one was able to predict what would happen next. Holder explains that all of a sudden, he heard more tire screeching. A semi-truck appeared out of the fog, coming straight for the photographer at a very high speed. It overturned and slid on its side, and collapsed onto a pickup that was by the road. Holder managed to run away, and the semi stopped right in front of his camera which was apparently set on a tripod.
“As I was running away, I remember looking back and seeing the trooper also running, and then I could see that he had fallen down and that the trailer was coming really close to him,” Holder explained. You can also see this chilling moment in the video.
Holder wasn’t hurt, but the trooper who fell down was. Sgt. Johnny Bures said that the trooper has some serious injuries, but luckily, they’re not life-threatening. The man who was in the pickup was pinned underneath the trailer for a couple of hours, but he was uninjured. According to KCBD, the officials used the jaws of life to free him from the wreckage.
[via KCBD News Channel 11]