This was nothing short of a Christmas miracle.
In the video released by police, the tow truck driver is working on the vehicle as an SUV swerves around a bend and drifts into the oncoming traffic lane.
The vehicle then fishtails, kicking up a plume of snow as the SUV's rear wheels come within inches of the tow truck driver.
"Had any tiny variable been slightly different in these 3 seconds, this could have been an incredibly tragic day," the department said. "We're grateful that nobody was hurt."
The tow truck driver was dusted with snow as the SUV missed him, and appeared to not notice the vehicle coming in his direction.
The driver then walks over to Officer Busby, who then appears to talk before looking back toward the direction the vehicle went.
A police spokesperson told the Anchorage Daily News that the officer didn't pursue the SUV driver because his primary concern was making sure the tow truck driver was OK.
The Anchorage Police Department said the incident serves as a "critical reminder" of exercising extra caution behind the wheel while driving during winter when roads are covered in ice and snow.
"Slow down. Plan ahead. Your life and the lives of others depend on it," police said. "Be safe out there."