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Narrow Escape As Big Rig(s) Fall Off Mountain (Video)

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On: Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 1:56PM | By: Chris Salamone

Narrow Escape As Big Rig(s) Fall Off Mountain (Video)

Sometimes, when the going gets rough, the tough get going. Unfortunately, in a case of man vs. mountain, only one of the two drivers in the following video narrowly escaped disaster. The other chose to remain in his rapidly descending semi-truck.

BBC Europe reports that the driver of the semi is in stable condition after having fallen at least 200 feet. The tow truck operator, on the other hand, did manage to abandon his vehicle in time…but just barely.

The crash occurred in Nordland County, Leirosen, Norway and footage of the event surfaced on the internet shortly thereafter – thanks to a camera ready onlooker who sensed impending disaster. The Associated Press notes that a tow truck was used to ‘safely’ transport the much larger truck down a slippery snow-covered mountain because of insufficient traction.

Watching the video is a bit horrifying, so – as a disclaimer – please sit down. The semi-truck appears to gently slide to the cliff edge, taking the tow truck driver unawares. Once it becomes readily apparent that a small metal railing will not be strong enough to prevent a catastrophe the tow truck driver abandons all hope of recovery and ejects himself. Of course, that happens after his vehicle begins to lurch toward imminent doom.

And the rest, as we say, is history. After watching a few seasons of Ice Road Truckers, I feel somewhat validated seeing that my version of reality TV actually exists in reality. Even so, let’s hope the big rig driver makes a speedy recovery and someone is able to clean up two massive trucks worth of litter.


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