BOONTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork)– Dashcam video caught a massive tree crashing on a two-lane roadway in New Jersey, leaving a truck with nowhere to go.
Alex Conklin was driving a white pick-up truck as he crashed into the tree seconds after it fell to the ground.READ MORE: Road To Reopening: Prudential Center Set To Welcome Fans Back For Devils-Islanders Game
“It was crazy. It was like the worst amusement park ride you’ve ever been on,” he told CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez.
The incident happened around 8 a.m. on a very windy Sunday morning. The dashcam on a Boonton Township police car captured the crash as it traveled in the opposite direction on Rockaway Valley Road.
“I saw the tree that I hit coming down. But it came down so fast there was nothing I could do about it,” Conklin said.
Pictures show how the brand new truck landed right on top of the tree. Amazingly, 25-year-old Conklin, who was traveling alone, walked away without a scratch.READ MORE: Wife Of Top Cuomo Aide Shows Support On Social Media For Governor's Latest Sexual Harassment Accuser
Conklin said about mile down the road from where the tree toppled over, a car cut him off forcing him to slow down. He said he can’t help but wonder where he might be now if that didn’t happen.
“I’m still shocked. I’m thinking if I left my house one second after or sooner. If I was going a little bit faster. If the guy wasn’t in front of me what would have happened,” he said.
Conklin’s family and girlfriend said they’re just grateful he’s alive.
“It was a scary. A scary thing to see,” said Denise Laden, Conklin’s mother. “So we thank our blessings and you thank God. Because like I said. We have to cherish everything.”
“He probably had someone watching over him or something. ‘Cause that was a freak accident and sheer luck that he’s in one piece and perfectly fine,” said Gina Spagnola, Conklin’s girlfriend.MORE NEWS: Little Staten Island Boy Who Battled Cancer Gets A Lift From Area Stop & Shops, And You, Too, Can Help
Conklin was wearing a seat belt. The truck he was driving was a new work vehicle purchased by his boss just four days earlier.