The thing about street driving is it usually involves low levels of constant attention. As such, it can be easy to fall into autopilot, especially if there’s something else around to distract you. Unfortunately for the drivers behind the wheel of these two Chevy Tahoe SUVs, that kind of inattention led to a very nasty accident.
Recently making the rounds on social media, the video is less than 30 seconds long, and appears as though it was captured by a dash cam belonging to another motorist. The dash cam coordinates indicate that the incident occurred in Pensacola, Florida on Sunday, August 20th, 2023, around 3:23 p.m. local time.
As the video gets under way, we see a few cars stopped at a light. A newer Chevy Tahoe is seen in the left lane, while a pickup is in the right, signaling to turn. Traffic is relatively light. With the lights still red, the pickup makes the turn onto the perpendicular street. However, the driver in the Chevy Tahoe then starts to move forward.
It looks like the driver in the newer Chevy Tahoe thinks the light had turned green as the pickup truck was turning right. The Chevy Tahoe moves into the intersection – just as an older Chevy Tahoe is seen moving into frame on the left, heading straight for the first Tahoe.
The driver in the older Chevy Tahoe tries to swerve out of the way, but it’s too late. The driver in newer Chevy Tahoe doesn’t see the incoming SUV until just before impact, as indicated by the brake lights. The two SUVs collide, sending the newer Chevy Tahoe spinning through the intersection. The older Chevy Tahoe goes up an embankment and through a low brick wall, narrowly missing an adjacent street light pole.
The damage looks quite heavy, and smoke is seen coming from both vehicles. Onlookers rush out to assist. The condition of both drivers is not known.
Check out the full video below: