Driver of automobile pushed half a kilometre onto Toronto freeway recollects ‘terrifying’ ordeal

As she made her method up the on-ramp onto considered one of Toronto’s busiest highways, Courtenay Erhardt knew her automobile had been hit by a truck. What she did not anticipate was to maintain shifting for greater than half a kilometre.

The 26-year-old registered nurse had been on her technique to a metropolis shelter to assist administer COVID-19 vaccines Tuesday morning when a dump truck hit her Mini Cooper from behind.

“And then he just kept going,” Erhardt instructed CBC Information. Her automobile ended up sideways with the truck’s engine towards her driver’s-side window earlier than being pushed up the ramp for what police estimated to be greater than 500 metres earlier than it lastly stopped.

“It was terrifying. I can just remember screaming and crying and thinking, ‘OK, I’m going to die,’ ” Erhardt recalled.

WATCH | Driver recounts how her automobile was pushed by a truck onto a Toronto freeway:

The motive force of a Mini Cooper recounts the terrifying second when a dump truck pushed her automobile for over half a kilometre onto the Gardiner Expressway on Tuesday morning. Toronto police say the motive force of the truck has been charged. 1:26

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” ‘Either my car is going to start flipping or he’s going to run over me or I’m going to spin out … and get hit by oncoming traffic.’ 

“It felt like without end.”

On Wednesday, Toronto Police posted video showing the big, red truck pushing the Mini Cooper up an on-ramp and onto the Gardiner Expressway.

The video, apparently captured from a condo above the downtown highway, had originally been posted to video-sharing site TikTok.

Dump truck driver charged

Police say they’ve charged the driver of the dump truck with several driving and commercial motor vehicle offences.

Const. Scott Matthews said the driver of the Mini Cooper was lucky to escape with only minor injuries.


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Those injuries, Erhardt said, include neck pain, dizziness, headaches and overall body aches.

She said that’s nothing compared to what could have happened if not for a pair of Good Samaritans, a couple who drove up from behind the truck and managed to stop it.

“I used to be simply crying, hoping he would cease, and that any individual would see me and cease the truck,” Erhardt said. 

It was not clear how the couple managed to stop the truck.

Photos of the Mini Cooper posted to Instagram following the incident show damage to the car. (@courtenayerhardt/Instagram)

Once she was stopped, Erhardt said she was frozen, unable to get out of the car. The couple that stopped the truck ran over to her, managed to get her out through her passenger door and remained with her until police arrived. 

Police said Erhardt was assessed at the scene by paramedics but not transferred to hospital. 

“I’m simply extraordinarily grateful that it ended the way in which it did and that I used to be capable of stroll away,” she said. “It is really a miracle.”