Amazing truck collision

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  1. michael b says:

    What’s amazing about that is just not that he didn’t get hurt, but he split second it took for him to be thrown out of his seat.  He’s already halfway out of the window before we even see the truck.  Seat belts aren’t such a bad thing sometimes.

    • Don McNeil says:

      Strangely I figure if he is actually wearing a seat belt in this circumstance he is badly injured. The one in a billion circumstance where it goes the other way. There is a weird dissipation of kinetic energy and the windshield pops before he goes through it. Purely speculative on my part.

      • Jesseham says:

        My buddies father was in a head-on-ish accident in a convertible Karman Ghia and was thrown out of it, only to watch it explode from the side of the road.  *most* of the time, seatbelts are a good thing.

      • brainflakes says:

        The driver’s side of his cab looks pretty much untouched so not sure what would have injured him?

        • Ushao says:

          The seat belt.

          • NelC says:

             Bosh. The driver doesn’t fly through the windscreen so much as tumble out of it. A seatbelt would have absorbed that little energy without any injury, except maybe a sore neck. As it is, he might have cracked ribs from hitting the steering wheel and dashboard.

            If he had actually flown out of the window, he could have had a cracked skull, broken limbs and seriously abraded flesh, not to mention whatever the glass would have done by not getting out of his way in time. Whatever injury he might have had from a seatbelt stopping him flying through the windscreen, they wouldn’t have been as bad as all that.

          • Diogenes says:

             His left arm looks a little funky.  Wonder if he fractured it.

  2. Navin_Johnson says:

    He almost managed to hold on to his coat too!

  3. not was he not wearing a seatbelt – he wasn’t wearing shoes.

  4. David Horton says:

    Props to Kottke? http://kottke.org/12/09/lucky-truck-crash

  5. spocko says:

    When we have those driverless trucks this won’t happen. 

  6. acerplatanoides says:

     Noodly Appendage at 0:15, unless someone has a better explanation?

  7. ammo says:

    In Soviet Russia, you don’t get out of truck; the truck makes you get out of it!

  8. Sekino says:

    I hope he had a change of pants handy.

  9. Lance Brown says:

    That is not a nearly head-on collision….  More like a side-swipe.

  10. Grahamers2002 says:

    This has all the elements required to make it the final stunt in a ald-time silent film.  The strange and fortunate way he exits the video and just walks away (Charlie Chaplin); the way he stands and scratches his head afterward (Harold Loyd); the striped shirt makes for the perfect villain whose attempt to get away with the stolen truck is foiled (Give him a  Hamburglar mask to complete the look!)

    Quick!  Someone do a remix!

    • Kimmo says:

      I think it’s less of a head-scratch and more brushing the busted glass out of his scalp…

      Although the way he looks in the camera’s direction as he does it seems to say, ‘geez, how do you like that?’

      Bloody awesome luck : )

  11. ChicagoD says:

    So, I think the driver in front of the car with the camera must have an interesting story. Had he not turned left he would have rear ended the truck in front of him. Had he not swerved right, he would have turned earlier and had a head on with the truck that passed right before the crash. He *almost* threaded the needle and made the turn.

    The only question is, what was happening that made him have to try to thread that needle.

    • ldobe says:

      I didn’t notice that the truck was actually making a left turn, I thought the driver just fell asleep and swerved.  But on second review, I do see the ridiculous attempt to impossibly thread the needle.

      That driver must have been suicidal if he thought he could cut it that close.  Or perhaps he was an utter asshole, and expected both lanes of traffic on the highway to stop for him, so he could make an insanely dangerous turn.

      • ChicagoD says:

        I was thinking that he did it to avoid a collision with the truck stopped in front of him. Not sure why he didn’t notice THAT guy, but that’s what I thought was going on.

  12. That’s insane! One second you’re driving your truck, and the next you’re standing on the road. WTF!

  13. pduggie says:

    So is it typical to exit a highway by making a left turn in front of oncoming traffic?

  14. simonbarsinister says:

    Dude is so Alpha he wouldn’t let go of his jacket. Like Indiana Jones defying death to reach for his whip.

  15. harvey the rabbit says:

    My guess is the stationary truck was waiting to turn left but had no rear lights showing. It almost looks as if the truck coming up behind saw it too late, thought about passing on the right, saw he couldn’t, and had to turn left across the oncoming truck. Hilarity ensued.

  16. Petzl says:

    The truck veers right first (evidently, to prepare for the left turn), so he must have had visibility on that the truck in front of him was slowing or stopped.  So, he made the left turn instead of just braking hard.  So, he’s a maniac.

    • RJ says:

       Big trucks have to swing wide only for right turns, to prevent the trailer from cutting the turn short. On a left turn, where you swing more widely anyway, there’s no need for any set-up.

      It looks to me like the driver didn’t allow enough of a space cushion ahead. Those trucks can’t stop on a dime, especially when loaded, so when the truck ahead screeched to a stop, there wasn’t enough room in front of the white truck to also stop, so the driver had to decide which way to veer. Maybe there was already a vehicle in the emergency lane, so the driver went to the left and hoped for the best. It was a bad call, and it could have all been avoided if the driver simply hung back a little more from the truck ahead.

  17. Nagurski says:

    Be like water, my friend.

  18. Julian Bravo says:

    I want to know what song is playing on that guy’s radio. 

  19. niktemadur says:

    Yet another in a very long list of reminders to never, ever, EVER, drive in Russia.

  20. im guessing the music would be someone like Mikhail Krug, kinda like a soviet mixture of johnny cash/bob dylan. I studied for a year in his hometown Tver. and yeh…fuck driving in Russia

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