The phrase "shitting myself in fear" gets tossed around a lot these days, but it's not often that an amateur YouTube video can adequately convey the mortal terror that's always lurking out there on the periphery of our lives, ready to barrel down on us any second like a double tractor trailer skidding helplessly in our direction. Here then is a remarkable white-knuckle video captured by a driver who was stopped by black ice on the NJ Turnpike over the weekend.
Miraculously, no one was seriously injured in the crash. The video was taken by a YouTube user with nerves of steel called "MrLegolize," and before you condemn him for driving away without helping the truck driver, he says in the YouTube comments, "Once I turned off camera, I called in 911 and reported the accident. After that I came to the truck and the rest of the cars to verify they were alright. After arrival of NJ State Trooper and his dismissal confirming that he does not require my presence, I left the scene."
MrLegolize explains that he pulled over near Exit 9 because a number of trucks were pulled over due to the icy conditions. He tells ABC 7, "It was real bizarre to see, so I decided to actually pull out my phone, and at that point, I heard some noise in the back, and turned around and basically had the camera rolling the whole time... I realized that there was really nothing else I could do but hope for divine intervention."
In an "exclusive" interview with CBS2, MrLeoglize also calls the truck driver a hero, explaining, "I really wanted to actually record his heroic act - what he was trying to do — because he was trying to save us all."
The phrase "winning the Internet" gets tossed around a lot these days, but this is what it looks like, people. HE EVEN HELD HIS PHONE HORIZONTALLY. MrLegolize, did you know Gothamist is hiring? We could use someone like you...
Here are a couple more craaaaaazy black ice videos from the weekend.