Truck plunges off cliff edge

Marit Almendingen of the Helgeland Arbeiderblad writes that the truck driver survived this terrifying drop in Norway. [via Hooniverse]


    1. I’d venture so far as to say that their reactions ran the gamut from taciturn to reserved.  More like stiff upper body than stiff upper lip.  I suspect that I now know how to say “Dear, dear.  How unfortunate”, if I’m ever in Norway.

    2.  Well, I was wondering what a couple of gomers are doing going down the road filming the back of a truck in the first place.  And I’m with you – there should have been a little more freaking out, and at least a couple of people screaming, “HOLY F’ING S**T!” in Norwegian.

    3. There are a few “helvete” (Norwegian for “Hell”) in what the person in the green working vest is saying, so, well, that’s an emotional response, isn’t it? He sounds pretty upset to me.

      (It goes the other way too: most Scandinavians really can’t understand the American habit of screaming as soon as something happens.)

    1. Possibly it’s overloaded at the moment.  Chrome can’t connect either.  I’ll try yelling.


    2. “No video with supported format and MIME type found.”

      It works if you follow the link.

  1. I know that they regularly have shit weather and whatnot in the Norway,  but is it really prudent to tow that big-ass truck on a snow-covered, winding mountain road with that little tow rig?

    1. Probably not prudent, but not out of line with the kind of bad ideas I see carried out by tow jockeys around here.  Just really spectacular in this case.

      ETA: still can’t load it. Probably just as well. Back to back with that Lynch video right before bed is probably unwise.

      1. A heavier rig that maybe came closer to the weight of the semi. Or possibly done a better job of plowing the road. Or getting the road shut down so the truck could be towed straight down the middle. There are a half dozen physics lessons going on in that video. There just shouldn’t be that many variables in a job involving so much heavy equipment.

        1. That was about the biggest tow truck that exists for towing highway vehicles. The road should have been plowed, but truckers have schedules to meet. At least they only lost one tow truck (that we know of).

        2. Im sure physics is entirely lost on him, why would you hire someone who uses their brain to do a job? He could drive a dozen trucks off a cliff and still have his job, because he’s the bosses’ son’s friend or some equally retarded nepotistic shit.

      2. um, a wrecker. That’s different from a tow truck. It’s the thing you see towing tow trucks. 

      1. This is one of those situations where friction can be both your friend and your enemy.

  2. Good thing that there was a guard rail to stop the truck from falling over the edge. 

  3. I didn’t realize a tow truck was involved, so at first I thought a big truck slid off the road, and then the smaller truck in front of it was, I don’t know, consumed with grief or something and so threw itself off as well. 

    1. He’s saying “What the hell just happened?” “What the hell did he do here/there?”. The newspapers here seem to agree that the big truck turned/slid of by itself. It was registered in Lithuania – foreign trucks tend to drive to Norway on bald summer tires and end up stuck on even the smallest incline. 

  4. It looks like the tractor dropped its right-side wheels off the pavement next to the guardrail, and the tow truck was trying to get it loose. When the tow truck pulled the front of the tractor to the left, the back of the tractor went to the right, along with the front of the trailer. That shifted the center of mass of the whole works over the edge. Seems like a rookie mistake on the part of the tow truck driver, and it would be fun to have his comments translated. And his boss’s comments, too. And let’s not forget the truck driver’s comments!

    1. It looked to me like the truck was in the road, and pulled to the shoulder to let the car pass, but the shoulder was just a ledge of snow.

  5. Saw this almost happen to a log truck that had been aggressively tailgating our Forest Service pickup all the way down a winding mountain road*. Finally passed us. A couple of turns later, we came across the truck toppled over halfway off the cliff. The driver was crawling up back onto the road, completely drenched in sweat. We stopped for him.

    *Loggers love to try to run Forest Service trucks off the road. Because the Forest Service is the Feds. Never mind that it exists primarily to tidy up forests for easy logging.

  6. I don’t speak Norwegian but they sure seem pretty relaxed about it all!   Like the reaction someone in NJ has to seeing a dead deer in say, Hoboken.   Just a little upset, and a bit a little surprised there’s a dead deer in such a heavily populated part of the state.

    I’d like to see a video of Norwegians doing some serious storm chasing…. and compare it to Americans doing the same.

  7. Of all the possible reactions to witnessing this event,  “mildly bemused” is not high on my prediction list.

  8. The tow truck driver survived because he didn’t go over the cliff with the truck! He opens the door and jumps out just seconds before the whole rig goes over the edge. He might be dumb when it comes to properly towing things, but you gotta give him credit for being quick on his feet there.

  9. I was in Oslo in December and was surprised that no one apparently shovels their sidewalks.  The whole visit was an exercise in not slipping and breaking my ass, so it doesn’t surprise me if they don’t plow their roads either.

  10. The truck driver survived with some broken

    bones-cushioned by styrofoam boxes of fish!

    The Norwegian airbag!

    Makes the story most amazing.

  11. I think it was Spy Magazone that would run clippings that people sent in and someone collected articles about “bus plunges.” Apparently there is some style book that says buses can only “plunge.” The can’t just “fall” into a ravine or “tumble” or “carom” or “cartwheel,” they have to “plunge.”

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