by: Liz Artz Updated:
ATLANTA - Channel 2 Action News was there when a driver, slumped over in his pickup truck on the Buford Connector, unexpectedly woke up, then crashed his truck into several vehicles before fleeing the scene.
The bizarre scene happened Saturday afternoon, causing massive backups during the entire incident.
Channel 2's Liz Artz called 911 when she and her photographer came across the man behind the wheel. The truck was stopped in a lane of traffic and was still running. The man sat slumped over, drooling.
A Georgia Department of Transportation HERO unit arrived and tried to revive the man and remove the keys from the ignition. The driver awoke, scuffled with a HERO worker and sped off, nearly hitting the HERO worker. The truck then smashed into two cars, causing a chain reaction that resulted in a five-car accident.
Michael McKinnon's BMW was one of the cars in the middle of it all.
"It was really scary and I looked over and made sure Erica was OK," McKinnon said.
But it wasn't over yet. Atlanta police had still not arrived to the scene when the HERO worker made one more attempt to stop the man. He managed to get the key out of the truck, but the driver was able to flee.
Artz and Channel 2 photographer Justin Crate watched the man climb a tree and jump a barbed wire fence. Police arrived a short time later. they have still not found the driver.
No one was seriously injured in the accident.
Ch. 2 catches driver smashing into cars, fleeing scene
Thousands expected in downtown Atlanta for Women's March
Severe weather risk continues through Saturday afternoon
Amid inaugural events, Trump gets right to work as nation's 45th president
Channel 2 travels to Washington for Trump's inauguration