Towing a load as massive as a semi and its loaded trailer is a dangerous undertaking no matter the circumstances. We don't have any first-hand experience in the matter, but we'd wager that the danger level goes off the charts when that load is being towed through the winding roads of a snowy mountain overpass.

Need proof? Check out the video after the break, wherein a tow truck driver barely escapes death as his rig switches roles from the vehicle doing the towing to being towed itself... toward a guardrail and a massive cliff ledge that leads to an icy river below.

Like we said: dangerous. According to reports, the driver of the tow truck was taken to a hospital in Norway where he was listed in stable condition with broken bones. Click past the break to watch the dramatic video.


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      mycommentemail
      • 2 Years Ago
      I call fake: Where's the fire ball and explosion? I watch tv. I know what's real.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mycommentemail
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      davepawson
      • 2 Years Ago
      "This tow truck driver didn't see the snow bank until it was too late. He managed to dive out -- just before his cargo went over the edge. "But there was still someone in there." Okay. Who? Someone was in the truck being towed? For that matter, how do we know from anything in this story that the tow truck driver didn't see the snow bank? There is no information, no quote, not even a date and location. All we have here is a video showing the towed vehicle sliding over the edge and dragging the tow truck over. Excellent journalism, sure to win a prize!
      giaw66666
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stupid headlines, tells nothing about the story. Who was still in there??
      SP33DFR34K
      • 2 Years Ago
      HOLY CRAP!
      zackwatt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Perhaps the best amateur video ever.... The camera was held the proper way, didn't shake too bad and got every bit of the action. Bravo!
      MidWest_in_SF
      • 2 Years Ago
      What? No gigantic, firery explosion at the bottom? Is it possible that Hollywood has been lying to me all these years?
      krshndsntagr8
      • 2 Years Ago
      As a big rig tow truck driver myself.I would have to say that using what looks like a chain isntead of hooking it by the tow bar was his first mistake.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @krshndsntagr8
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          Alex
          • 2 Years Ago
          I agree, that looked like a dinky little toe truck, we have awesome semi tow trucks here in america.
      jwalk2235
      • 2 Years Ago
      Prolly need snow tars.
      Tage Vedal
      • 2 Years Ago
      The driver of the semi was inside when the accident happened. He sustained serious fraction injuries and is in the hospital feeling possibly very lucky after all. This happened not far from where I live and the semi, like many other eastern european rigs, was on worn summer tires. He didnt get up that hill on slicks and thats why he was towed. The driver of the tow truck was unharmed and back at work the next day. This was 60 meters above sea level and thats the sea, not a river.
      PAT
      • 2 Years Ago
      OK, the lead in sentence said 'there was stil someone in there'. Who?
      JamesJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      What's the point of those guard rails? They don't seem to have an effect on this truck.
        Wayne McGlothlin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JamesJ
        A "normal" size load wouldn't break through. Guard rails are made for the standard traffic that's expected.
        AWD Terror
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JamesJ
        The rails afforded the tow truck driver enough time to get out!
      christel
      • 2 Years Ago
      obviously, there needed to better traction on the vehicles and it would have helped if the the road had been sanded or cleared better...maybe? Either way that is some scary crap! Hopefully the other truck driver gets over that nightmare of being thrown around and almost dying. Guess in the future they will need to make stronger and higher gaurd rails around those slippery corners...might help a little!?
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