A TRUCK driver has been temporarily stood down after dash-cam footage emerged of a terrifying near-miss outside Port Augusta.

The vision, shared by a Facebook user, shows one truck overtaking another, forcing the driver in the oncoming lane off the road to avoid a collision.
 

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The 10-second video posted by Al N Aileen Cortina has been viewed more than 32,000 times since it was posted on Tuesday afternoon.

"We had to do some off-road driving in the Cortina this morning just out of Port Augusta. This idiot couldn't wait for the overtaking lane," the poster said.

The truck was branded with Garden Grove - a garden supplies business based at Golden Grove in the northeastern suburbs.

Steve Shearer, executive officer at the South Australian Road Transport Users Association (SARTA), said he was contacted by the company early this morning.

He said they had already contacted the police and stood down the truck driver on pay.

"In a lot of businesses, people might just call the driver and tell them they're sacked," Mr Shearer said.

"But they haven't done that... they're investigating.

"They'll have to see what comes out of that before any decisions are made."

He said SARTA, the police and the company involved are treating the incident "very seriously".

"We understand the dangerous potential of this situation and are extremely grateful of the actions of the other driver to ensure no one was hurt," the statement said.

"We assure you of our commitment to safety, and that appropriate action is currently being taken.

"We apologise to the community over the bad experience with one of our vehicles."

The Advertiser has contacted SA Police for comment.

Unfortunately it's not an isolated incident. Dash-cams have captured many alarming close calls and bad driving in South Australia.

Last year a woman was captured on video texting while driving on the Southern Expressway at 100km/h.

At first her attention was focused on her phone, interspersed with brief glimpses at the road ahead.

She eventually became aware her actions had been caught on candid camera.

Rather than expressing shock or embarrassment, she gave a disapproving look and sped ahead.

 near-miss on the Sturt Highway, where a car veered on to the wrong side of the road and narrowly missed two oncoming vehicles.

The footage, posted to the Dash Cam Owners Australia Facebook page, shows a car coming around a sweeping bend about 15km west of Barmera and veering on to the wrong side of the road.

Two oncoming vehicles are forced to take evasive action, missing the car by a matter of centimetres.

In February 2015 police investigated footage of a driver who used a Southern Expressway emergency lane to speed past a motorist before slamming on the brakes.

The footage, on the Crap Adelaide Drivers Facebook page, shows a Toyota ute using the emergency lane to swoop past a station wagon.

The ute then cuts in front of the station wagon and the driver slams on the brakes, causing smoke to be visible.

Another video taken a few weeks earlier shows a truck tailgating and driving dangerously down the Southern Expressway.

 

Driver forced off road as truck attempts overtake

A DRIVER has caught the moment their car was forced off the road to avoid colliding with an oncoming B-Double attempting to overtake a road train. 

The petrifying near miss was caught Tuesday afternoon, on a two lane highway outside of Port Augusta, South Australia. 

"We had to do some offroad driving in the Cortina this morning just out of Port Augusta. This idiot couldn't wait for the overtaking lane," Al N Aileen Cortina commented on their post.

The footage shared online by Al N Aileen Cortina has been viewed over 35000 times. 

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