‘He could have died’: Manitoba RCMP tweet video of distracted driver

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RCMP shared shocking video on social media Tuesday of a collision at a Manitoba highway intersection.

The video footage shows a motorcyclist being hit by a semi-truck. Witnesses said the semi driver was on his cellphone.

According to the tweet, the crash happened April 24 at Oak Bluff, the intersection of Highway 3 and the Perimeter.

The dash-cam video shows the motorcycle waiting at a red light at the intersection.

As the traffic signal changes to green, the motorcycle proceeds through the intersection.

The video then shows a semi-truck heading in the other direction that should have stopped for the red light, did not, and smashes into the motorcycle.

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Luckily, the driver was able to walk away from the crash.

Police said the driver, an American, was charged with distracted driving and running a red light.

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Authorities have increasingly turned to social media in their ongoing efforts to curb dangerous driving.

RCMP spokesperson Tara Seel said posting pictures and videos online allows them to show the kinds of unsafe behaviour officers see on the roads every day.

“We need people to pay attention so we can avoid tragedies on the road,” Seel said. “Something needs to change.”

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