SPANISH FORK, Utah — A Utah snowplow driver miraculously survived a plunge down a 300-foot embankment after getting cut off by a passing truck on an icy mountain road.
Footage released by the Utah Department of Transportation shows the terrifying moment when 23-year-old driver Terry Jacobson loses control of his plow and goes barrelling off the U.S. 6 near Spanish Fork.
— Carlos Braceras (@CarlosUDOT) January 13, 2017
Officials say the truck caught the edge of the plow as it whipped past, forcing Jacobson across a lane of oncoming traffic and through a guardrail before crashing down the embankment.
Jacobson narrowly escaped serious injury due to certain safety features of the plow and the fact that it came to rest on the passenger side of the vehicle, which was crushed, officials said. He suffered heavy bruises and a concussion, but is expected to recover.
Several passing motorists and the Utah Highway Patrol raced to extricate Jacobson, and the driver of the truck stopped and cooperated with investigators.
“So thankful our snowplow driver, Terry Jacobson, is safe after this crash. Please, everyone, be careful out there!” Utah DOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras write on Twitter.