Gaming Skills May Have Saved This Man’s Life

Gaming Skills May Have Saved This Man’s Life

When a semi-truck carrying 30 metric tons of sand jackknifed through the concrete barrier into oncoming traffic on Ontario’s Highway 401 Friday morning, driver Matthew Krizsan narrowly escaped what might have been a fatal accident.

Krizsan and a female companion were driving along the highway on Friday morning with a dashboard-mounted video camera running when the semi burst through the barrier. It looked like a scene out of a Michael Bay film, an appropriate comparison considering Krizsan’s stunt driver-like reaction.

“Everything seemed to slow down and I think all those years playing video games as a kid paid-off,” he said in a phone interview.

You can hear bits of debris bouncing off Krizsan’s car as he quickly swerves, managing to avoid the truck while staying on the road and not hitting any other vehicles. Whether it was video game-tested reflexes or an adrenalin-fueled moment of clarity, he and his passenger are lucky to be alive.

Driver captures spectacular 401 crash on video [CTV]

Horrifying truck crash Hwy 401 at Milton, Ont. near Toronto 2011 01 22 [YouTube]


  • I’m not saying it was easy/normal, I’m just saying: he didn’t want to get hit by the truck…

    I’m sure everyone has had those moments when things slowed down, it has been proven that gamers (can) have better/faster reactions.

    Although I doubt he wouldn’t have tried to make the same move if he never played games.

    I also doubt that if he was driving 5 miles faster, or had been 10-15 feet closer to the truck, he wouldn’t have completed this manoeuvre (no matter how many games he has played).

  • I think what he may have meant was that in games if there’s an obstruction you just drive faster. I reckon a lot of people would have attempted to brake, and gotten smashed.

  • Why on earth would people have dashboard mounted video cameras? I can’t imagine that they’d make for entertaining home movies

  • Love his immediate reaction:
    Her: “.. you okay?”
    Him: “YES! (Obviously! You think I don’t do this every day?)”

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