Truck plunges off cliff edge


56 Responses to “Truck plunges off cliff edge”

  1. Are Norwegians known to be emotionally restrained, generally? Seriously.

    • Tore Sinding Bekkedal says:

      Hm. Quite.

    • voiceinthedistance says:

      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.

    • Culturedropout says:

       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.

    • Johan J. says:

      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.)

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  3. Antinous / Moderator says:

    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?

  4. MostlyDifferent says:

    And when they finally pulled the body
    from the twisted,
    it looked like

  5. nixiebunny says:

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

  6. semiotix says:

    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. 

  7. Ted Bautista says:

    where’s the hollywood-esque fireball? 

  8. I really want to have the tow truck driver’s comments translated.

    • cat0 says:

      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. 

  9. silkox says:

    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!

  10. 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.

  11. jimbuck says:

    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.

  12. copperwatt says:

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

  13. Petzl says:

    Utforkjøring, indeed!

  14. penguinchris says:

    30,000 pounds… of Jarlsberg

  15. ShawShaw says:

    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.

  16. Drabula says:

    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.

  17. igzabier says:

    The truck driver survived with some broken

    bones-cushioned by styrofoam boxes of fish!

    The Norwegian airbag!

    Makes the story most amazing.

  18. Preston Sturges says:

    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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