Click the link above to see it on Youtube. Slidell Police sent out the video today. It is security footage from a local business, but watch the motorcycle in the background. FYI, the guy lives! Slidell Police’s full report is below, with some pics.
From Slidell PD:
18-Wheeler vs Motorcycle Accident Caught on Camera – Slidell Police Chief Calls Crash a “Miracle”
A horrific accident with an 18-wheeler versus motorcycle, which was caught on camera, leaves one to believe that miracles really do exist. But the nature of the accident isn’t the only thing that shocked Slidell Police officers.
On Friday, August 7, 2015, around 7:00 p.m., Slidell Police responded to a report of an accident involving an 18-wheeler (2005 Freightliner) and a motorcycle (2014 Harley-Davidson) at the intersection of Highway 190W and Carnation Street. Police responded to the scene while fearing the worst case scenario for the motorcyclist, a 50-year-old male from Slidell, Louisiana. When police arrived, they found the driver of the motorcycle on the side of the road, a downed power line, and an 18-wheeler in a ditch, with the actual motorcycle pinned underneath it. The driver of the motorcycle was still alive, but was in critical condition. He was rushed to University Hospital in New Orleans.
When Slidell Police started talking with the driver of the 18-wheeler, identified as 56-year-old Timothy Duimstra of Hudsonville, Michigan, they noticed he was slurring his speech and was unable to maintain a steady balance. To the shocking disbelief of the officers, it is suspected that Mr. Duimstra was driving the 18-wheeler while being under the influence of both drugs and alcohol. It is believed Mr. Duimstra was traveling west on Highway 190W, passed out behind the wheel, and veered off the main highway; causing him to literally run over the motorcycle, which was stopped on Carnation Street waiting to turn onto Highway 190W. The impact flung the driver of the motorcycle off of his bike, causing him to land in a grassy area on the side of the road. The motorcycle was then dragged underneath the 18-wheeler, and pinned underneath the front tire of the tractor. The driver of the motorcycle is still hospitalized with serious injuries, but is expected to survive. “There is no doubt in my mind that his guardian angel was with him during the accident,” says Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith. “Had it not been for the fact the impact flung him from his motorcycle, and luckily causing him to land the grass, he would not be alive today. It’s not every day you can get run over by an 18-wheeler and live to tell about it. It’s truly a miracle,” says Chief Smith.
It is unknown where Mr. Duimstra was heading at the time of the crash; however, his trailer was full of flour. Investigators believe he was going to make a delivery somewhere in the area. Mr. Duimstra was placed under arrest and charged with: first degree neglect injury, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and driving while intoxicated. Blood samples were taken from both drivers, but impairment is not suspected for the driver of the motorcycle. Mr. Duimstra was booked into the Slidell City Jail and has since been transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail. The only thing Mr. Duimstra told officers was, “I messed up.”
After the crash investigation, officers discovered a nearby business captured the entire incident on a surveillance camera.