ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Road rage incidents in the state are on the rise, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
One such incident was caught on camera Wednesday afternoon. The accident took place around 1 p.m. on southbound Interstate 270 near the Manchester Road exit.
“I saw a yellow car go by, then I saw a gold Malibu and another white car diving fast. I was shocked. I figured something terrible was about to happen,” said eyewitness Bradley Derges.
Derges was right.
The gold car sped up, got in front of the yellow car, and then braked. The driver of the yellow car lost control of her vehicle, struck the inside median, and flipped four times.
Derges and other passersby came to the woman’s rescue.
“We didn’t know if car was going to catch fire, didn’t know what was going on. I knew I needed to stop,” he said.
Derges and another man busted out the window and helped carry the woman to safety. She was banged up but conscious. The other drivers did not stop.
Corporal Justin Wheetley with the MSHP said an investigation is ongoing.
“The major factor contributing to road rage is going too close. Everybody gets a little aggravated when you look behind and have someone following too close,” he said.