VIDEO: Death was only seconds away
TRAFFIC chaos caught on dash cam at a Wellcamp intersection has prompted a warning from police about the need for patience on Darling Downs roads.
Footage from U Can Drive owner Rick Armitage's work car showed two consecutive near misses at the intersection of Wellcamp Westbrook and Acton Vale Stud Rds on Monday morning.
A prime mover hauling a removable home approached the intersection to turn left from Wellcamp Westbrook Rd onto Acton Vale Stud Rd.
As it turned in, a body truck travelling on Acton Vale Stud turned right onto Wellcamp Westbrook Rd.
A ute, which was following the prime mover, crossed onto the wrong side of the road to overtake the prime mover, driving directly into the path of the turning body truck.
The ute driver narrowly avoided hitting the prime mover and the body truck before continuing along Wellcamp Westbrook Rd.
It was then a second ute, which was following the body truck, pulled out in front of a motorcycle rider who was driving behind the first ute.
Again, a collision was narrowly avoided.
Mr Armitage hoped by sharing the vision, he could show drivers the value of patience.
"I was just stunned," Mr Armitage said.
The footage showed he had stopped before the intersection to ensure the turning prime mover had enough room to get around the bend.
"You have got to move out of the way of trucks.
"You have to make sure you can see properly."
He was glad he decided to stop to allow the prime mover around the corner.
"If I had continued going, would I have been the meat in the middle of the sandwich?"
Mr Armitage said waiting five seconds had potentially saved someone's life.
"It costs nothing to be patient and wait."
Darling Downs district officer Inspector Mike Curtin said police were aware of the incident and would be investigating the matter.
"It becomes extremely frustrating to consider that 19 lives have been lost on our roads in the Darling Downs district this year and that the manner of driving observed in this incident could have easily accounted for more fatalities," Insp. Curtin said.
He warned Darling Downs drivers to heed a call patience.
"A small amount of time, patience and responsible driving will continue to significantly provide for less loss of life on our roads in the Toowoomba area."