From a mysterious flying creature slamming into a windscreen to a bolt of lightning striking a moving car, join us as we take a look at 8 bizarre traffic accidents caught on camera.
8. Flying Vans
This footage was taken on a road in Xingtai, China. It shows two white vans approaching an intersection when suddenly something very strange happens. Out of nowhere the two vans lift off the ground and get pushed backwards. It’s as though a strong gust of wind just picks them up.
Many theorists believed some kind of paranormal force lifted the cars into the air. The answer however, is a little more grounded. According to the driver of the van, the street cleaner, seen on the right hand side of the screen, got tangled up in some fallen cabling. It then pulled taut across the road, pushing the cars up into the air.
7. Elephant Sits on Car
This footage was taken by stunned motorists in Khao Yai National Park in Thailand. Here we see a bull elephant during mating season causing havoc on the road. It climbs all over the cars, mounting their roofs, sitting on their bonnets and tearing shreds off their bumpers.
6. Mysterious Flying Creature
There’s not a lot of information available about this clip. Taken in an unknown location it shows several people driving down a highway when things take a turn for the worst. Out of the sky a mysterious object flies into the windscreen, causing them to swerve off the road. Some claim it’s some kind of winged creature, calling it a demon, a goblin, a flying alien. Skeptics have noted that a camera doesn’t glitch like that even when smashed around, leaving a lot of Internet commentators shouting fake. What ever the case may be, it’s an alarming piece of footage and I hope no one was injured as a result.
5. Falling Trees
This incredible footage was taken on the 29th of December, 2014 in Victoria, Australia. It’s on a notoriously dangerous stretch of road known as the ‘black spur’. As high winds sweep through the forest a tree gives way and falls across the road. Then another one. And another one. Oh dear lord, the whole forest is falling down.
4. Battered Cargo Ship
While this isn’t a traffic accident as such, it does involve cars. Filmed on board the cargo ship Astongate in the wake of a storm, a number of smashed Japanese imported cars are seen strewn about the deck. As the vessel traveled from Japan to Russia with a cargo of 64 cars, 52 of them were flung into the ocean as the ship encountered unusually choppy seas. There’s little information how exactly the accident occurred as no distress signals were recorded during the ship’s transit.
Reports have noted that a clause in the shipping contract states that owners are importing the cars at their own risk. Ouch, that’s 52 uninsured cars sitting at the bottom of the ocean.
3. Lightning Hits Car
This wild footage was captured by a CCTV camera on the property of a manufacturing plant in Edmonton, Canada. It shows a pick-up truck driving down the highway when suddenly a bolt of lightning strikes down onto the roof of the car. The elderly couple that were in the truck at the time were luckily saved by a passing police officer just moments after the stream of electricity hit.
2. Woman Jumps out of Car
On September 1st, 2015 this dash cam captured some extraordinary footage while driving down the highway in San Bernardino, California. It shows the moment when an intoxicated woman steps out of the drivers seat of a moving car and calmly walks onto the sidewalk. The car, which was left in gear, careens into oncoming traffic forcing drivers to take evasive action.
According to the Daily Mail the driver was so intoxicated she was unable to give a statement to police. Infuriatingly, she was released without charge due to ‘insufficient’ evidence. If clear video footage and blood alcohol readings aren’t sufficient evidence then I don’t know what is.
1. Lefortovo Tunnel, Russia
This is the Lefortovo Tunnel in Moscow, Russia. It’s been known to cause so many accidents that it’s been nicknamed ‘the tunnel of death’. Built in 2003, it runs under the Yauza River which has been known to leak down into the tunnel. In winter, temperatures can drop as low as −38 °C which freezes the leaking river water creating a very dangerous stretch of road. This CCTV footage highlights just how deadly it can be.
An icy road can explain most of the accidents along this tunnel of doom but how do they explain this one? At the 0:57 mark, watch closely as the truck collides with a ghost truck. Out of nowhere, it smashes into an invisible truck. If anyone can explain this accident, please leave a comment below.
So there’s our list of 8 bizarre traffic accidents caught on camera. Did this listicle of bizarre traffic accidents make you want to avoid driving ever again? If so, let us know on Twitter and Facebook.