Trucker’s dashcam shows terrifying moment 130mph hurricane flipped his tractor-trailer on its side 


This is the terrifying moment a tractor-trailer was flipped over during a tornado caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida in Pennsylvania.

Dramatic dashcam footage, which was recently shared online, shows a tractor-trailer, driven by Karl Beyer, being flipped over by 130mph winds in Maple Glen near Upper Dublin and Horsham, Pennsylvania.

The footage was filmed on September 1, when the remnants of Hurricane Ida tore through the East Coast and spawned at least ten tornadoes from Maryland to Massachusetts, leaving a path of destruction in its wake.

Sharing the dashcam footage to YouTube, Mr Bayer urged people to take ‘tornado warnings seriously’ even if they are not in a ‘tornado alley’, which is an area in the US where tornadoes are most frequent. 

The clip begins with Mr Beyer pulling up behind a vehicle at a red traffic light while listening to the weather warnings on the radio, as the vicious tornado rages on around him.

As the light turns green, the car ahead drives down the flooded road but Mr Beyer stays at a standstill as the strong winds cause the vehicle to precariously sway.

Dramatic dashcam footage, which was recently shared online, shows a tractor-trailer, driven by Karl Beyer, being flipped over by 130mph winds in Maple Glen near Horsham Pennsylvania

Dramatic dashcam footage, which was recently shared online, shows a tractor-trailer, driven by Karl Beyer, being flipped over by 130mph winds in Maple Glen near Horsham Pennsylvania

The rain beats down on the vehicle, which was pulling a 53ft trailer, and the monster tornado gets more intense with leaves whipping through the air and a street light appears to burst.

As the ferocious storm batters the vehicle, the strong winds flip the truck on to its side, leaving Mr Beyer shaken – but still securely strapped in by his seatbelt.

Mr Beyer, who said he ‘wasn’t sure he was breathing’ during the scary ordeal, was lucky to escape from the roll-over with minor injuries, mainly from being secured in place by the seatbelt.

Mr Bayer said the driver of the van in front of him quickly turned around his car when he saw the truck topple over and rescued him from the flipped vehicle. 

The tornado that flipped the truck was classed as EF2, which have wind speeds of 111 to 135mph and can rip roofs off houses, demolish mobile homes and overturn trains.

The footage was filmed at 5.43pm on September 1, when the remains of Hurricane Ida battered Horsham Pennsylvania and caused ‘extensive damage’, with streets being obstructed by downed power lines and large trees.

Nearby residents commented on the tense dashcam video, which racked up 162,954 views on YouTube, to share their ‘terror’ at the ‘devastating’ tornado that ripped through the State.

When asked how he managed to stay ‘so quiet’ during the ordeal, Mr Beyer responded: ‘I think I was in shock. I don’t recall a lot of what happened. I don’t remember how I got out of the seatbelt.’

As the ferocious storm batters the vehicle, the strong winds flip the truck on to its side, leaving Mr Beyer (pictured) shaken - but still securely strapped in by his seatbelt

As the ferocious storm batters the vehicle, the strong winds flip the truck on to its side, leaving Mr Beyer (pictured) shaken - but still securely strapped in by his seatbelt

As the ferocious storm batters the vehicle, the strong winds flip the truck on to its side, leaving Mr Beyer (pictured) shaken – but still securely strapped in by his seatbelt

One person wrote: ‘Wow, I’m glad you were safe without injury. I live in Horsham by the avenues and that was too close for comfort. Glad everyone is safe.’

Another said: ‘Holy f**k. That was terrifying. Absolutely terrifying. I’m so glad you’re OK. I live less than 30 minutes from here and last night was the scariest storm I’ve ever experienced.’

A third penned: ‘Damn, glad you weren’t seriously hurt or worse. That thing was completely rain-wrapped too. You had no way of telling what you were driving into.’

And a fourth said: ‘I live near here. The devastation is heartbreaking.’

While a fifth commented: ‘I’m glad you are ok. This is scary.’ 

Hurricane Ida, which hit the East Coast from August 26 to September 4, spawned ten deadly tornadoes from Maryland to Massachusetts across the beginning of this month.

The tornadoes left a path of destruction in their wake, tearing through neighborhoods, leaving homes splintered in its wake and destroying vehicles. 

On September 2, the National Weather Service confirmed that at least six tornadoes had ripped through Pennsylvania the day previously – the same day the terrifying footage was taken.

After conducting surveys of the damage, the federal agency said there were tornadoes in Oxford, Fort Washington and Horsham Township, Buckingham Township, and Bristol.

The service said wind speeds ranged from 75 mph (121 kph) to 130 mph (209 kph) in Pennsylvania, while five people died in the state amid the tornado.

The remnants of Ida dumped more than nine inches of rain in parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The National Weather Service confirmed at least six tornadoes ripped through Pennsylvania on September 1. Pictured: Manayunk neighborhood in Philadelphia on September 2

The National Weather Service confirmed at least six tornadoes ripped through Pennsylvania on September 1. Pictured: Manayunk neighborhood in Philadelphia on September 2

The National Weather Service confirmed at least six tornadoes ripped through Pennsylvania on September 1. Pictured: Manayunk neighborhood in Philadelphia on September 2

The National Weather Service warned on August 30 of three to six inches of rain and ‘considerable flash flooding’ from the mid-Atlantic to southern New England from Ida’s remnants.

By the following day, meteorologists were warning of ‘high risk’ of excessive rainfall, raising the total expected to 3 to 8 inches of rain.

The weather service warned of ‘significant and life-threatening flash flooding’ in the region especially in cities, starting at 5pm on August 31 and repeated the warning through the following afternoon. 

Elsewhere on the East Coast, one monstrous 150mph twister levelled homes and even toppled silos in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, south of Philadelphia.

Debris from the destroyed homes reached the atmosphere, soaring around 23,000 feet into the air before landing miles away as the tornado ripped through New Jersey.

Hurricane Ida also struck the Gulf coast and carved a northern path through the eastern United States, culminating with torrential rains and widespread flooding in New York and New Jersey.

The fifth most powerful hurricane to strike the US knocked out power for more than a million customers and water for another 600,000 people in southern Louisiana, creating miserable conditions for the afflicted, who are also enduring suffocating heat and humidity.

At least nine deaths were reported in Louisiana, with another 45 killed as flash flooding and tornadoes hit the Northeast on September 2.

New York dealt with crippling floods from Ida, with residents facing water-logged basements, power outages, damaged roofs and calls for help from friends and relatives stranded by flooding.

Flash flooding killed at least 45 people in the Northeast, including 23 in New Jersey alone and 12 in New York City following the ‘historic’ weather event that officials blamed on climate change.



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