• Feb 9, 2011
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Anybody who's seen the security cam footage of the Minneapolis Metrodome roof collapse knows how powerful snow can be. It was amazing footage, something that rarely gets captured on camera. But in the age of the mobile phone camera, amazing videos are becoming less rare, as this video clearly illustrates.

The driver-turned amateur videographer was cruising down the road when a semi truck saddled with several cubic yards of snow atop the cargo box caught his or her eye. In spite of the inherent danger of driving while videotaping, the motorist couldn't resist snagging some footage of the oddly tall snow snack. Lucky for us that moment was precisely when an overpass morphed a bad idea (distracted driving sucks) into some amazing footage. As you can see from the screen cap above, the overpass won the battle, but the exploding snow makes the video worth watching. Hit the jump to see for yourself.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Spectacular sight, but.... what about about a ton or more of snow plowing into the side of an overpass bridge at that speed? bridges are not designed for that, and the driver should be held liable for many things including possibly damaging public infrastructure... last time i checked highway overpasses in the states weren't the best ones around...so plowing some snow into them at high speed isn't in their design capabilities.... stupid to do, risky to follow and film, but like always great to watch...
        • 3 Years Ago
        yeah but the concrete and the steel are set on joints that are designed to flex according to a more vertical load...and limiting to horizontal loads...however such a sudden load can impose a hefty side load on any bridge let alone a skinny overpass...it won't know it down, but can compromise long term structural integrity, i can be wrong, but plowing into such a thing at such speed is possibly lethal if someone was driving on it...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Well, I'm sure that a 1000-lb chunk of something very solid would be somewhat detrimental to an overpass. It's possible that a direct hit from a well-frozen chunk of solid ice around that mass could do minor damage, but it's unlikely that even the top of a normal trailer hitting an interstate overpass would bring it down or even weaken it significantly. A lump of icy snow on top of a truck isn't likely to do anything noteworthy to the overpass, most of its energy would be dissipated gradually since it's not a solid mass, even if it's somewhat icy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      dude those chunks of "ice" can do some damage if not crack a window , still a cool video though
      • 3 Years Ago
      that irresponsible trucker should be reported and put in jail.
        • 3 Years Ago
        That irresponsible car driver should be yadda yadda etc. as well.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That should have been cleaned off before that truck entered any public road.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The driver was able to get a footage at exactly the right timing and at the perfect angle and was still able to turn on the wiper at the exact timing.

      This is staged.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That was awesome! Although there is no chance Id drive through all that snow. Almost guaranteed it left a scratch or little ding.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is very dangerous...lucky the driver wasn't in a busy part of the highway.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was waiting for an F-Bomb there.
      • 3 Years Ago
      sweet- although i wouldn't follow behind that
      • 3 Years Ago
      Come on autoblog, i rely on you for news first.
      Not last.
      This video has been on every tv station and even the cover of the msn website for over a day now. In internet time, that's like a year.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Irresponsible semi driver. 1000.00 fine in CT for this.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess i'd rather that than chunks of ice. I got nailed once when a slab flew off a truck on the turnpike, put a nice dent in the hood of my old beater Volvo wagon. I don't know about the rest of the country, but where i live you can get some decently hefty fines for that. Pretty irresponsible, as much as it would suck to clean it off.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ben: Yeah, that happens all the time. Amazing how much snow a 2-lane overpass can throw onto a 6-lane interstate below...
        • 3 Years Ago
        In Jersey it is against the law to drive with snow or ice on top of your vehicle. And they are actively handing out tickets for it too.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I've had a block of ice smash my windshield on the NJ turnpike. Couldn't get the truck's plates as it was going the other way. I was passing on the left of a car and saw it slide off his roof when he was braking. Good thing I stayed on the gas as it would've shat on my hood.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I had a plow go over an overpass like this one, throwing a huge amount of snow over the retaining wall as I approached. Thankfully I noticed it and slowed down so I wasn't UNDER it when it came down, but I still had a nice 4-6" tall strip of snow to drive over on the highway.

        Also, I see trucks covered in snow like this all the time here in WI after a snow storm, sometimes DAYS after. Its irresponsibility and stupidity that allows this kind of crap to happen.
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