• Apr 11, 2011
Chevrolet Corvette tow fail – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Remember the driver of that snowplow in Brooklyn that absolutely destroyed a parked Ford Explorer? Looks like he was fired by the City of New York, only to find gainful employment in Chicago. Either that, or he's got relatives working for the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Apparently the owner of this C5 Chevrolet Corvette managed to crash or disable it early on a Friday morning last month despite what appears to be favorable road conditions. That part we know little about. What we can see is what happened after.

In the video after the jump, you'll see a big-rig tow truck come to the Corvette's aid, but it ends up causing more damage than the original crash did in the first place. Apparently without a flatbed available, the tow truck driver tried several times to lift the Vette up by its rear axle using a claw, shredding the fiberglass bodywork in the process. But as if that weren't enough to put the "car" in carnage, the operator apparently didn't even get the claw hooked in properly. Compounding matters is that the Corvette may have had a damaged (or missing) right-front wheel. The end result is that the bodged Bowtie gets dragged down the highway sideways like a toddler pulling a stuffed animal around by its tail.

Follow the jump to watch the teeth gnashing footage, but be warned: it's not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach when it comes to Kentucky's finest.

[Source: YouTube via Tampa Bay Examiner]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      What the heck is wrong with that tow truck driver? Seriously!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well maybe this is exactly how you tow corvette...if you dont like corvette (or chevy).
      • 3 Years Ago
      Tow operator is now pursuing a career in the fast food industry...
      • 3 Years Ago
      ...(eyes water up...cries)
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm going to go on a limb and say the driver was in no condition to debate with the tow operator how the car was going to be towed. Given the car was pointed the wrong way on interstate I90/94 something tells me either s/he fled the scene or got taken away in the paddy wagon
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, Im crying too:(
        • 3 Years Ago
        iDOT trucks are often first responders and the guy probably didn't have a choice with the position the car was in.
        • 3 Years Ago
        There has got to be a flat bed tow truck available. This is bizarre!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can someone from the tow truck world help us out?

      If the car already has damage and the tow truck driver causes more damage....how does everything get worked out financially and mechanically to get it fixed?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Big story on how these minute men are getting mad overtime, including up to doubling their salary. That being said looks like they tagged the wall pretty good, so living here and personally being stuck in late night traffic jams because of these tools coming into the city maybe they will drive better.

      Am I wrong or is the real crime those atrocious rims he put on that Corvette..
        • 3 Years Ago
        Also what you don't see is that this an incredibly dangerous area he wrecked into the wall, there are no break down lanes there and he's sitting in the left lane backwards. Better to just rip the car out of the way for everyone's safety.

        Look again, this wasn't an unwrecked car on the side of the road, you can see debris on the ground and some clear right side damage in the front of the car. We see the clean side.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Common sense is not so common these days.
      • 3 Years Ago
      You can't fix stupid but you can tow it . . .
        • 3 Years Ago
        Apparently this guy can't do either one.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Before he hooked up, did I see him roll a wheel with only the outer rim (no hub/spokes) back to his truck?
        • 3 Years Ago
        That sure was what it looked like to me, didn't bother to re-watch that part though.

        This really makes no sense, I'd love to know the story behind this.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes. The center of the wheel was missing. In every sense of the word, it was hub-less.
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's exactly what it looked like to me.
      • 3 Years Ago
      And the April 2011 Darwin Award goes to...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Unless the operator died as a direct result, Darwin awards do not apply.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Duh, ever hear of a flatbed hauler ?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not to worry sir, I'm a professional....

      http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3605/3497345214_a24dab263b.jpg
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