Caught on tape: minivan washed off I-15 near Las Vegas

 Severe flooding caught many motorists off guard on I-15 northeast of Las Vegas.

The rushing water swept across the highway leaving drivers nowhere else to go.

And for the person in the driver's seat of the minivan the only place to go was downstream. 

It happened during a flash flood just outside of Las Vegas. A truck driver from southern Arizona just happened to be using his cell phone camera to capture the flood when he caught some heart-stopping moments on camera.

Shane Dukeman of Marana has been a truck driver for years, but this trip was unforgettable. 

"It was just sprinkling; it wasn't all that bad and then all of a sudden it hit us hard," said Dukeman.

He was just outside of Vegas Monday night on I-15 when traffic stopped, and the highway was completely flooded over. He grabbed his cell phone and started videotaping the raging water flowing down the median. What he caught next was simply incredible.

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"They were just sitting on the ground; the road was so flooded with water that it was actually taking cars off the road," he said.

The minivan was no match for the current and in the video you see the van begin to slide. Some construction workers on the side of the road tried to jump in to help the driver, but it was too late. The van and a construction worker fell down an embankment about 14-15 feet below the roadway.

"I just hoped they made it out alive; there's nothing you can really think or do. You hear all the time that it's going in slow motion you know, the van's coming over the river and then all of a sudden it just disappears, I hoped everybody was alive," said Dukeman.

Luckily everyone did make it out alive, and a picture taken hours later showed the van stuck in the mud below the overpass. It is a scene Dukeman will not forget.

Dukeman had to spend the night in his truck last night and was finally able to get back on the road this morning.
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