Disaster can strike just about anywhere, but the likelihood – and severity – often increases the further you are from civilization. That's what one couple in Washington State found out when they went camping with their Toyota 4Runner along the Barlow Pass in the northern Cascade mountains.

When a storm approached they sought shelter, but fortunately didn't hide inside their Toyota. A hundred-foot-tall hickory tree fell on it, crushing the back portion of the SUV. With emergency and park services apparently refusing to help, it took them a while to get a few friends out their with chainsaws to cut the tree away from the Toyota. But once they did, they were astonished to find the truck not only started, but drove them back into town where they were able to call for a tow.

Of course, the truck was virtually irreparable, but the very fact that it got them to safety after being crushed by a giant tree has the owners looking at another 4Runner – and with good reason. Are we surprised by the Toyota's fortitude? After that now-legendary Top Gear Hilux abusefest, nothing surprises us.

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      Dins
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Man with broken arms can still walk!" Holy fortitude batman.
      bomgd3
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is pointless. A tree crushed our Ford Windstar and spared the drivetrain and driver's seat, so we drove it away. Does that mean our Windstar has "fortitude" as well? Sheesh.
      Scott C. Anderson
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oc course it does.. its a Body on Frame... the tree just crushed the useless bits and made it a Tacoma
      Master Austin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not sure why this is surprising, only part crushed was just the upper part on a BOF...Slow news day huh ?
      Phil B
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does Autoblog/Noah Joseph know how cars are constructed? You could hit pretty much any car or truck there and it should still run....it's just sheetmetal and maybe some wiring for the CHMSL and stereo speakers in that area. As long as the frame wasn't bent so much as to pop the driveshaft out then it should run alright.
      ravingricefarmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      i'd be impressed if it was on the bonnet
      Merc1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why is this news? The tree fell on the car in an area where nothing mechanical would be harmed anyway. ANY car would still start and run after this, and its and SUV so of course they frame wouldn't have broken here. Again much ado about nothing. M
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      and this is a surprise because?
      Bill Kim
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like how there's the mention of emergency and park services refusing to help. It's not an emergency, no one was hurt, therefore not EMERGENCY SERVICES PROBLEM. Sorry, but simple fact.
        Actionable Mango
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bill Kim
        If I were a park ranger and a park tree fell on and crushed a park visitor's car, I'd try to help in any way I could.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not really THAT surprised by the fact that it still runs. They should install a rollcage and turn it into an open-air pickup. I do find it strange that they went to the trouble of cutting the tree down, but still let it overhand the sides of the truck by a considerable amount. You'd think they would have tried to limit just how much of that tree was left in their vehicle.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not surprising considering that the engine was not damaged.
      carnut0913
      • 2 Years Ago
      saw this happen to an explorer or blazer on Ax Men the other season. no biggie.
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