Car heads down subway stairs


42 Responses to “Car heads down subway stairs”

  1. Aaron Swain says:

    Please tell me there is video of this.

  2. IRMO says:

    The French action star Jean Paul Belmondo would end most of his movies with a car chase featuring a sub-compact like a Simca or a Fiat zipping around an old city quarter, including at least one shot of it going down a set of stairs.

  3. Steve Pan says:

    The fact that it happened before means they should probably move the parking sign somewhere else. 

    • Michael says:

      I’m not quite sure it was the same stairs. But it was line 9 as well (or maybe 10).
      Nevertheless these people have to be blind. And not from Paris (I mean, come on, almost all the entrances for the metro look exactly the same, just like this one)…

  4. angusm says:

    Life imitates art. Luc Besson’s “Subway” opens with Christophe Lambert crashing a stolen car into the Metro (i.e. down a flight of steps, much as in the photo above). Most of the action in the movie takes place in/under the Chatelet-Les Halles station, so I think the scene of Lambert’s crash is probably one of the smaller entrances there.

  5. suburbanhick says:

    “Stupid OnStar! It told me to turn here!”

  6. Stooge says:

    Christ, quel trouduc!

  7. Everything would have been fine if he had proper fare for the subway.

  8. kqih says:

    it already happened once…

  9. Roy Trumbull says:

    In Sausalito, CA there was a bar on the waterfront next to a boat launching ramp. One moonlit night a car drove up and asked the parking attendant where Tiburon was. He pointed across the water. Before he could stop them they were down the ramp as they thought the moon trace on the water was a road.

  10. SomeGuyNamedMark says:

    Glad the sign wasn’t near the Seine.

  11. James B says:

    In some places, helpful passersby would have pushed him back up the stairs.  He doesn’t look bottomed out.  I received such assistance when my tailgate failed in a roundabout, leaving  a 1000lb bundle of 2x4s dragging behind my truck.  A bunch of guys ran over from the local fast food place, and lifted the  bundle of boards back in my truck so I could get someplace safe to re-secure the boards.  I was out of the road in about 90 seconds.  And I’ve always pushed/pulled and generally tried to help people who were stuck like that, and still do.   

    • Navin_Johnson says:

       I’d say this situation would be infinitely more dangerous to the pushers than yours.

    • I’m not going to try to push a car up a 45-degree incline. The benefit? I might help a stranger save 45 minutes. The cost? I might die. Not worth it.

      • James B says:

        I guess besides being the kind of guy that honks when a car breaks down in front of you, rather than getting out and offering to push them off the side of the road, you never built your own stairs either.  Remind me, what is the inverse tangent of 7″ over 10″?

        • Navin_Johnson says:

          So you’re kind of like the lead singer of Ministry as well as The Road Ranger.  A legend.  In your own mind…………..

          • James B says:

            A legend in my own mind?  Thats funny.  I’m just helpful to people in need, and kind of disgusted by people who aren’t.

        • AlexG55 says:

          I don’t think French staircases are built in inches.

    • bcsizemo says:

      If someone had a tow rope or some good wire I’d be happy to pull him out…

      I have a general rule about being under things that aren’t secure and weight more than I do…and it’s not to be there.

  12. addalled says:

    I do this when I play Grand Theft Auto but I use a motorcycle instead.

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        I just rewatched that about a month ago. Except for the absence of cell phones, you’d never guess that it wasn’t a new film.

        • penguinchris says:

          SF isn’t the worst for this, but since I’ve only spent a few days in total driving around there and I’m not familiar with it, I ran into many circumstances where it was very difficult to determine where you’re supposed to go. Signage and road markings all across the US – even, or perhaps especially, in confusing/non-standard arrangements – are abysmally bad. 

          It’s obviously not an enormous problem, but I guarantee that thousands of collisions (and many more near-misses) are caused by needlessly bad road markings and signage each year. It’s not just that they don’t have the money for more signs – the signs usually exist, they’re just useless or cause even more confusion because of their design and how they’re placed.

          There’s a Monty Python sketch which includes a bit about keep-left signs that attack people. It stuck with me as a kid, for some reason, and then after I started driving at 16 it took a couple years but then I remembered it – and wondered why we don’t have those signs to indicate where to go so as to not run over a curb or go down the wrong side of a street. Turns out we do have those signs, but the way they’re designed is hopelessly useless.

        • GawainLavers says:

          Dominique Pinon FTW.

  13. James Penrose says:

    I don’t buy the guy’s excuse:  Rarely have I seen a parking ramp that consists of stairs with handrails. and a really large Metro sign above it.  Wonder if he had already had a few and was heading for the next.

    • Brainspore says:

      Well… more of an explanation than an excuse. Still, if this isn’t the first time someone did this then either the parking sign needs to go or they should put up some kind of protective barrier. It’s not good enough for the vast majority of drivers to understand the sign properly if one out of every few thousand makes a similar mistake.

    • If the driver were drunk, then I’m pretty sure the article would’ve said the driver was drunk, not distraught. On the other hand, it’s not entirely clear from the article that the distraughtness happened before or after the car decided that it would be best to take an alternate mode of transport. Perhaps driving while distraught could cause this to happen.

  14. GawainLavers says:

    People do this all the time in SF: one guy in an SUV basically led the police on a chase through the Metro after going into the tunnel at Church Street.  Eventually his tires got caught on the tracks.

  15. LennStar says:

    I’m all for getting people from cars to public transit. But honestly, some people just have to exaggerate *everything*.

  16. Take a virtual drive courtesy of Google:

  17. bcsizemo says:

    Thinking about it I would have almost imagined that there would be zoning laws or something so a retaining pillar/post had to be at the top of the stairs.  I mean I’ve seen natural gas valves 30 feet off the road up a 45 degree bank in the middle of someone’s yard have iron posts protecting them…

    Next time I’m in a city with a good metro system I’m gonna start looking to see how feasible it is to drive down the stairs.

    • twianto says:

      Very feasible. Wide, inviting stairs (or stairless, gently sloping ramps) are the norm. The last thing you want is people running crotch-first into a pillar during rush hour. It’s all about efficiency and throughput. Cars trying to take the subway isn’t exactly a common scenario.

  18. twianto says:

    “I made a mistake”… you think?

  19. llazy8 says:

    Same thing happened in Buenos Aires a little over a year ago.

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