DETROIT, Michigan (WDIV) – Police in Detroit, Michigan are searching for the driver that triggered a terrifying semi-truck crash.
“I just didn’t want to die in the truck. I thought the truck was going to catch on fire,” truck driver Jeffrey Hotchkiss said afterward.
Hotchkiss is sore, he has bruises all over his body and he’s still a bit shaken up after the semi-truck he was driving was cut-off by a white Chevrolet sedan, causing his 18-wheeler to fishtail, hit the concrete median and overturn.
“I was in shock for probably an hour,” Hotchkiss said. “I was coherent. I didn’t close my eyes because I was just trying to make sure I would make it, and the first thing I asked is ‘did I hurt anybody?'”
No one else was hurt, but the driver who clipped Hotchkiss didn’t stop. The crash shut down a section of the expressway for several hours and traffic was backed up between Clay Street and Caniff Avenue.
“They left me for dead and shame on him or her,” Hotchkiss said. “The vehicle smashed me in the steer tire. That was it. It started fish tailing and I was flopping around. I thought I was in a Transformers movie with the broken glass and the burning rubber. It just happened so fast.”
Michigan State Police are looking for that white Chevrolet sedan. Officers say the car should have heavy damage to the driver’s side quarter panel.