Camera Crew Catches Sleeping Driver Wake Up, Crash, Flee

Police in Atlanta are still trying to find a driver who, after being passed out behind the wheel of his truck, drove off and caused a pileup on a highway and then fled the scene. This strange scene was all caught on camera by a local news crew.


WSB-TV spotted a Georgia Department of Transportation worker approaching a Ram 3500 blocking one of the lanes of the Buford Connector on Saturday. The driver was apparently passed out at the wheel, but there were no signs of intoxication. He wakes the man up and gets him orientated again.

According to the police report, the man who saw the driver said he, "did not smell any odor of an alcoholic beverage, but the driver did, however, remind him of a diabetic."


After the driver got upright at the wheel again, he starts up the truck and speeds off, initially keeping a straight line. But when he reached the next pocket of traffic he failed to stop in time. The driver appears to then hit the back of a BMW 3-series which got pushed into surrounding cars. In all, it resulted in a five-car pileup.

But minutes after the crash, and with the keys to the Ram on the pavement, the driver leaps out of the truck and hobbles up a nearby hill – still clearly disoriented – jumps a fence and runs off. All while people caught up in this crash stand and watch.

WSB reported the Ram had Maryland plates and police have few leads as to the identity and whereabouts of the driver.

What's going on here? Is this another case of diabetic shock?

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Doug DeMuro

I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest the Atlanta police run the plates, which will lead them to the registered owner's home. From there, they can do some investigating to find out who was driving.

Now, this may involve calling authorities in Maryland, but I'm sure that even in the South there are telephones that can do more than call the local Skoal distributor.