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  • Apr 29th 2012 at 10:01AM
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We love action movies as much as the next guy, but sometimes the car stunts just look too ridiculous. Like when a cop car goes airborne during a chase scene after rear-ending a parked car. Or how about when a vehicle flips end over end upon impact. That never happens, right?

Well it apparently does in Russia, where, thanks to seemingly everyone in the country having a dash cam, you can watch video of a Land Rover Freelander 2 driving over a manhole cover and going Bourne Ultimatum.

What caused the cover to blow the way it did is not evident, though it's interesting to note that in the aftermath (in the second video especially), you see that it's not a plain, flat manhole cover that comes to rest near the car. It's a cylindrical object with a square grate across the top. Lending credence to the whole thing not being a fake is that a second static security camera (or similar setup) pointed at the street also caught the whole episode.

Scroll down to watch the bizarre incident unfold.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Somebody call Mythbusters.
      • 3 Years Ago
      In Russia, manholes cover you?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Scary, its like that video of the girl walking down the street and falling through the concrete. Its so random you would never expect that to happen.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Others have pointed out that the wheel didn't plonk into the open manhole. Looks like the grating was sitting proud of the street surface and the vehicle straddled it, with the front undercarriage clearing it. Also looks like something in the rear undercarriage of the Land Rover hit the grating and was launched upward, hence the roll. Look at the fixed security camera before the vehicle comes along; you can just see the grating to the left of the manhole cover, itself. At 0:05, you can see the grating under the vehicle as it's beginning it's barrel-roll. Whatever it was, it clearly shouldn't have been there; fallen off of another vehicle or accidentally yanked out of the manhole cover somehow? As for the spread of dash cams, the vehicle behind the fated Land Rover is a commercial vehicle. Not uncommon for the sake of insurance to have dash cams here in the U.S. on large commercial fleets.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Some of you must have much better eyesight than me. It looks like the manhole cover was missing to me.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They don't call it a FREE LAND ER for nothing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Like has been stated above, it looks like the front tire kicked up the manhole grate/insert to where it snagged between the car and ground. I would assume a land rover does not weigh enough to drive the manhole into the concrete to the only direction for the energy to go was up. I have had this happen on my motocross bike where I kicked up a 2' long stick with the front tire that jammed into the rear suspension sending me and the bike doing front flips down the trail.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dude thats the funniest thing I ever seen lol. www.Privacy-Toolz.com
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      The part that amazes me the most is that the front suspension appears to be intact still. I would think that an accident like this would've simply rip the tires clean off...
      • 3 Years Ago
      The square grate was kicked up when the tire hit it. It caught on the underside of the car and dug into the road, the dig in the road can be seen above and to the right of the hole after the car passes over. It was apparently attached to a steel casing at the top of the hole as this can be seen on the road directly in front of the hood of the car after it came to rest.
      • 3 Years Ago
      And the van behind it decides its best choice is to also park on the manhole
        Echelon Bob
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, that seemed like a giveaway that it was staged. Why would you drive onto something that you think just exploded randomly?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah it was busy reloading.
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