A Chevrolet Equinox nearly caused a huge collision on a New Jersey turnpike after it rolled out into traffic with no one behind the wheel.
The Equinox was captured on a dash cam slowly rolling through a parking with no one in the driver’s seat. The Equinox continues through a parking lot as the cammer makes a right turn and begins to follow it. The vehicle then slowly rolls through a stop sign and into an intersection within the parking lot before traversing a grass median and entering the highway.
This is where things get a little scary. The Equinox narrowly misses a red vehicle travelling on the highway before a black Mustang is forced to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting it. A silver Dodge Journey travelling behind the Mustang is also forced jump on the brakes and fails to slow down in time, driving onto the shoulder of the road and into the grass median to go around the Mustang and the Equinox. The Equinox then becomes hung up on the edge of the median where it thankfully comes to a rest.
It seems as though the driver of the Equinox forgot to put the vehicle into Park before getting out of it, as the vehicle appears to be idling and rolling in forward in Drive. Some new vehicles with electronic shift mechanisms that use rotary dials can be vague and have been associated with similar such user errors (like Fiat Chrysler’s design that was related to the death of actor Anton Yelchin) but the Equinox uses a traditional gear selector design, so it’s hard to see how this could have happened.
Check out the incident in the video embedded below.