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Click above to watch the video after the jump

This is one of the saddest, yet most amusing sights we've ever seen. A $1.6 million Bugatti Veyron sitting in a salt water lagoon, door open, in two feet of nasty, corrosion-inducing muddy water. While the sight is sad, how the event allegedly transpired is downright hilarious. The unnamed owner of the vehicle, traveling through Galveston, Texas to look at some high-end property, was reportedly talking on his cell phone when a low-flying pelican distracted him. The driver swerved to avoid the big bird, dropped his cell phone, and in the process the front passenger tire hit a mud patch.

A quad-turbo, 16-cylinder engine may be able to get you to 60 mph in under three seconds, but it doesn't work well with mud, so the supercar made a b-line for an adjacent lagoon. The ultra rare Veyron (reportedly one of 15 copies here in the States) was still running after it rested nearly belt-line high in the salt water, as local news affiliate KHOU reported the 1,000+ hp engine "gurgled like an outboard motor for about 15 minutes before it died." It probably would have been a great idea to kill power to the engine (and even shut the door) once the Veyron hit the muck, but hey, what do we know?

Hit the jump to watch video of the Veyron as it is extracted from its salty abyss. And if you own a Veyron, let this be a lesson to you that having money doesn't necessarily mean you have the skill to drive a supercar, especially when you're on the phone. Thanks to everyone for the tips!

*UPDATE: Now with actual (incredible) crash footage! (and no, we don't see any pelicans, either). WARNING: Second video contains explicit not-safe-for-work language.

Photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.
[Sources: KHOU; YouTube]

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      • 5 Months Ago

      This was an insurance scam. There's footage of it going in the water, not a Pelican in sight,

      • 5 Years Ago
      It has to be a scam of some sort. Probably something to do with insurance and a fake evaluation. The car was probably not owned by him, personally but some corporation, who in turn had a hugh loan on the car. So, the corporation can claim a loss on the car and deduct that from its income. And, then the car will be returned overseas for repair by the insurance company, and be resold. The IRS will not be able to track it. When it is all over, the crooks will scam the IRS, the insurance company, the new owner. They even have video to show the IRS.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The bird is the word.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey, it could have been worse!

        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe the Texans got the tow points right after all
        • 5 Years Ago
        This idiots are not from Texas !!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I'm driving a $1,600,000.00 car, 'F' the Pelican. ...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd neva concentrate on my cellfone worth $500 or 1K, when driving a $1.6 Million car.
        Neither concern abt that Bird.
        lolz.. stupid driver
      • 5 Years Ago
      i see a "freshly detailed" Veyron up on ebay for sale soon at a good price
      • 5 Years Ago
      If the spoiler is deployed, doesn't that mean the car was going fast? Or do I have my facts mixed up...
        • 5 Years Ago
        The spoiler is always deployed unless it's accelerating in top-speed mode. But even in top-speed mode, once the driver hits the brakes, the spoiler gets deployed to act as an air brake.
      • 5 Years Ago
      His identity should be made public and his license revoked.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wanted to cry !
      • 5 Years Ago
      Should all the people who make money from designing, making, transporting, selling, insuring, & maintaining those cars be unemployed & on bread instead!? Would all that money NOT be wasted if it was ONLY used to feed the poor?!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      hahahaha! dumbass =)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who can belive this. I did not see any bird fly in front. Why would this drive be filmed if nothing was expected to happen? What a set up! Rich mothephucers
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