Caught on Camera: High winds blow semi off the road

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - A driving instructor takes a closer look at the video of a truck driver's amazing recovery after almost tipping over.

"In my opinion that was 70 percent divine intervention and 30 percent skill," said Richard Noeller who runs and teaches at the Kansas Truck Driving School.

The video of the near-accident is one of the most popular things on our Facebook page since we posted it Tuesday night.

A Kansas City trucking company says the near-accident happened just south of Hays two weeks ago.

We took the video captured by those traveling behind the big rig to truck driving instructor, Richard Noeller, to find out how he thinks the driver kept the semi from rolling.

He says the clues to how the driver, Guy Tapscott of Alabama, righted his truck are all there in the video.

"I really thought it was going to go on over when I first seen it," said Noeller. "And then I seen the steering axle and I was kind of critiquing it."

He points to the half toppled semi and adds, "The steering axle's already started it's maneuver."

Noeller says local conditions helped a lot, the western kansas sand grabbing the truck's tires and increasing the turn radius of the tractor into a jack knifed position.

"And as that tractor pivots around the centrifugal force is going to toss the trailer back," said Noeller.

One little difference in speed, wind strength, the width of the paved shoulder or any other number of factors and Noeller says that truck would've ended up on its side.

"He definitely had some skill. I'm not taking anything away from the driver. He had skill."

Even the most experienced drivers are wowed by what the person behind the wheel this truck was able to do.

"Oh, my goodness!" longtime trucker Ivan Nance says while watching the dramatic video.

In wind believed to be blowing 60-plus miles an hour, the driver of a semi is somehow able to bring his truck back from the brink of disaster.

Nance says he was in a situation like that once, and was blown over. He says keeping the truck from crashing on its side was a real feat.

"Honestly, I don't know, but I just thank God the guy was able to save the truck and bring it back," Nance adds. "I cannot tell you how that trailer, laying that far to the right, was able to come back."

The video is said to be shot along a Western Kansas highway and is just starting to go viral on Youtube. We're still trying to find out exactly where it happened and just who was behind the wheel.


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