- A driver nearly caused a serious accident when it overtook a semi trailer Friday
- Horrifying dash cam footage shows the car running several others off the road
- The truckie was hailed a hero for his quick thinking that saved several lives
Published: 22:28 EST, 15 December 2017 | Updated: 04:34 EST, 16 December 2017
An 'impatient idiot' driver forced a huge semi trailer and oncoming traffic to swerve onto soft gravel road shoulders in a dangerous overtaking stunt in Adelaide Friday.
Chilling dash cam footage shows the driver of a small white sedan speeding up to pass the road train before vehicles travelling the opposite direction reach it.
The video, uploaded to the Dash Cam Owners Australia Facebook page, left people outraged at the motorist's 'dumb' behaviour, while several hailed the truckie a 'hero'.
The group uploaded the video with a warning, stating there were 'far too many close calls with overtaking incidents like this during the holidays.'
'Good indication the holidays have started when we start getting videos like this,' the post read.
'Unfortunately some of them don't end as well as this.'
Social media users praised the driver of the truck and said without his quick thinking there could have been multiple fatalities.
'Big call from the truck driver… he could have got in a whole lot of danger running the left wheels on the shoulder…. put himself at risk to save other lives,' one commenter wrote.
'This is a perfect example of an impatient idiot! I really hope the car driver sees this and understands that the guy behind the wheel of that truck selflessly performed a very high risk maneuver just to save your sorry ass!,' another added.
'That’s a nice save mate unfortunately you had to do those maneuvers to save someone’s family and relatives lives. You're a hero mate.'
The shocking incident comes as school holidays began across Australia, and the start of Christmas holiday travel, prompting NSW Police to urge motorists to take extreme care on the roads.
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