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Taxi driver thankful to be alive after road rage incident

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A Nashville taxi driver is thankful to be alive after he came across what appeared to be a serious case of road rage.

The driver he claimed was responsible for a three-car crash on the interstate took off.

The entire chain of events was caught on camera.

When you see the terrifying aftermath, you'll understand why the cab driver wants something done to make sure this doesn't happen to someone else.

"If someone had been in the car, they would be gone," said cab driver Nur Abdullahi.

Abdullahi said he was just trying to make a living when he said a truck cut him off on the entrance ramp of I-24 East at Harding Place.

On a surveillance video from the cab, you can see the driver of a tan pickup truck try to speed around the cab. Then that driver started slamming on the brakes and weaving in and out of the lane in what appeared to be an attempt to keep the taxi from merging onto the interstate.

"I could have lost my life," said Abdullahi.

Surveillance cameras inside the cab captured the entire chain of events. From the honking to the swerving, then a major crash.

"You feel the dream as it happens to you, it's still in your mind," said Abdullahi.

"We would like to have this individual picked up off the street," said Michael Rowan, Abdullahi's attorney. "Obviously someone driving like that is a danger to society and the people that live in Middle Tennessee."

The cab was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler. The impact catapulted the taxi into oncoming traffic where another car was hit.

Abdullahi and his attorney believe the driver of the pickup is responsible.

"He doesn't need to have a driver's license. That's what I would tell him," said Rowan. "God forbid it was one of my children or someone else's child out there and this individual lost his temper. Obviously he doesn't practice impulse control."

Abdullahi said the driver of that pickup took off, never stopping to see if he or the others involved were OK.

No one was seriously hurt, but there's no question it would have been much worse, potentially fatal, had there been someone inside the cab at the time of the crash.

Metro police were called to the crash earlier this month. According to the report, Abdullahi was charged with reckless driving, improper lane change and failure to yield the right of way.

Abdullahi and his attorney plan to give the surveillance video to investigators. They hope police will reconsider those citations and take into account the actions of the pickup driver.

The cab driver and his attorney wanted to show the video because they're hoping viewers can help. They want the driver of the pickup is identified and held responsible.

Metro police said they will review the surveillance video once they receive it.

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