This is what happens when you’re not paying attention while driving

KARE 11 says distraction may have played a role in this crash in which a dump truck slams into a line of parked cars.

You think?

It happened last Thursday on Minnesota Highway 13 near Washburn Avenue in Burnsville and trucker Pat Nelson, a trucker who actually pays attention to what he’s doing, got it all on his dashboard camera.

Posted by Pat Nelson on Friday, September 7, 2018

The State Patrol says neither alcohol nor any impairment was to blame for the crash.

The driver of the truck, Andy Stafford, 49, of Owatonna, Minn., was cited for “failure to exercise due care.”

Nelson, the professional trucker in this story, tells KARE 11 that he saw the truck swerve about a mile earlier, “so I knew he was fiddling with something.”

Amazingly, nobody was seriously hurt in the crash. And Nelson deserves credit for paying attention and stopping his truck before it slammed into Doris Weber, 49, of Chicago, who was driving the SUV, according to the Star Tribune.

Nelson hopes that posting his video will educate the public a little more “to pay attention to what you’re doing.”

Under state statute (169.14), the driver of the dump truck can expect a fine of about $100.