Driver Stuck Under Big Rig After Erratic Driver Cuts Her Off on Freeway, Flees the Scene - NBC Southern California

Driver Stuck Under Big Rig After Erratic Driver Cuts Her Off on Freeway, Flees the Scene

"I wanted to panic and then I saw smoke, so my first instinct was to get out of the car," Madis Tolentino, the driver behind the pinned vehicle, said.

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    Shocking dashcam footage shows an erratic driver cutting off and sideswiping another car, sending it under a big rig Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, on the 10 Freeway near Colton. (Published Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017)

    A BMW clipped by a reckless driver ended up pinned under a big rig trailer in a frightening crash that was captured on video on a Southern California freeway.

    The crash happened around 3 p.m. Wednesday on the westbound 10 Freeway in Colton near Pepper Avenue, according to Sgt. Brian King of the California Highway Patrol. 

    Madis Tolentino, the BMW driver who was on her way home, considers herself lucky to be alive.

    "I was shaking a lot," Tolentino said. "I just couldn't believe what was happening."

    Vehicle Pinned Under Big Rig on Freeway After Being Cut Off

    [LA] Vehicle Pinned Under Big Rig on Freeway After Being Cut Off

    A vehicle was pinned under a big rig on the 10 Freeway near Colton after the driver in an Infiniti cut her off. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.

    (Published Friday, Aug. 11, 2017)

    Shocking footage from another vehicle shows a gray Infiniti cutting off Tolentino's BMW, nearly crashing into the back of a big rig and a green Mazda. The driver of the Infiniti sped off as Tolentino's BMW swerves across lanes then under the big rig trailer.

    The video also shows people stopping on the freeway to aide Tolentino. No major injuries were reported, but Tolentino did suffer minor cuts and bruises.

    "I wanted to panic and then I saw smoke, so my first instinct was to get out of the car," Tolentino said.

    The crash was captured by Jose Rios, who installed a dash cam on his rear window to discourage drivers from tailgating him. Rios assisted Tolentino after the crash and gave her the footage.

    On Friday, authorities said they found the Infiniti G series involved in the crash, but did not release details. They're also searching for the driver of the green Mazda to investigate whether they were racing, according to King.

    Witnesses and anyone with information on the drivers behind the wanted vehicles are encouraged to contact CHPSB at 909-383-4247.

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