We love a good dashcam car wreck, but sometimes you come across a smash that’s so violent you instantly feel guilty for watching because there’s simply no way anyone could have escaped alive. And at first viewing this incredible footage of a somersaulting Nissan 350Z looks like one of those videos.
In a clip posted to YouTube we get the driver’s eye view from the cab of a truck cruising at 61mph in a 65mph (105km/h) limit on two way road separated by slim dividers. As the truck crests a hill the two lanes on his side of the road merge into one and he moves towards the center of the road.
Suddenly, the truck jinks right, presumably when he sees the Nissan in his mirror trying to squeeze through, and then all hell breaks loose. The 350Z slides sideways across the face of the truck into the verge, where it takes out a sign at the same time as it makes contact with a raised bank of earth that sends the Nissan somersaulting in a cloud of dust.
For a second it’s not clear what’s happened to the Z, then it suddenly reappears from the dust cloud, now performing cartwheels back across the front of the truck towards the center of the road. The video ends with the truck pulled over at the side of the road, giving us no clue to what happened to the Z’s driver.
On that evidence it wouldn’t seem unreasonable to assume they skipped the hospital and went straight to the mortuary, but thanks to Facebook we now know the driver and his passenger escaped alive.
In Facebook post dated April 30, a man who appears to be the owner of the totaled Z uploaded some pics of the aftermath while letting his family and friends know he is okay.
“Not today satan, not today,” the man says. “Gonna have to wait a little longer to get me. Flipped about 3-4 times. Just got discharged. X-rays and scans came back clean. Just a little sore.”
Unsurprisingly the story has been picked up on Reddit, where some posters have pointed out that the driver could have saved himself a whole load of physical and financial pain if he’d simply driven over the collapsible road dividers.
“I did saw [sic] a guy going over those dividers doing about 70 mph, it ripped of his from bumper and sent it flying off” points out Reddit user morphakun. “But the car didn’t seem to lose any control, the guy continued going over, and successfully crossed, just to being bumper-less on the other side.”
Oh well, you live and learn. But in this case, only by the skin of your teeth.