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Video Of Run Away FedEx Truck In Columbia Goes Viral

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Video Of Run Away FedEx Truck In Columbia Goes Viral

CREATED Apr 8, 2014

by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

COLUMBIA, Tenn. - The surveillance video from a Columbia home captured what seemed to be a routine FedEx delivery, but one mistake by the driver sent everything into reverse.

"Hi, I need to report an accident," the driver said to the 911 dispatcher. "I guess the shift, it looked like it was in park but it wasn't all the way there."

The surveillance video showed the FedEx truck rolling in reverse down Stewart Street crossing 4th Avenue. It narrowly missed a home and finally stopped after crashing into a fence.

"It's crazy. It's just like man what's this going on and everything, just down the road," RC Lawler, who lives in the neighborhood, explained after seeing the video.

What makes the video even more compelling were the circumstances that could've occurred but didn't. The video showedthe driver opening the door trying to get in to stop the moving truck.

"The driver of the vehicle he's very, very fortunate to have not been severely hurt," Lawler said. "I'm very glad he wasn't hurt."

He was also fortunate that no cars were coming along 4th Avenue as the truck rolled by because that could've caused another crash. After crossing 4th Avenue, the FedEx truck had to hop a curb.

Then the open door hit one tree slightly changing the truck's direction to avoid four other trees and the side of a house.

"I was going to the back of the van to get something out of the back and it started rolling backwards," the driver told dispatchers.

The homeowners who captured the video had surveillance to secure their house and protect their dogs, but never expected to capture this. It's a freak accident they only wanted to share with their friends and family on what they thought was a private post on Facebook.

Now the video has gone viral with seven millions of views and counting.

NewsChannel 5 contacted the FedEx driver but he did not return our phone calls.

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