Driver Catches Massive Air After Roundabout Crash, Nails Landing

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
driver catches massive air after roundabout crash nails landing

Did this Romanian driver have his seat in the full, upright position (and seatbelt fastened) before his vehicle hit cruising altitude?

The brief blip that showed up on radar screens earlier this month turned out to be a compact hatchback making a Dukes of Hazzard-worthy leap over a roundabout.

Traffic camera footage released by Romanian police and posted by the BBC shows the epic launch, graceful flight, and buttoned-up landing of the hatchback, whose 22-year-old male driver walked away relatively unscathed.

His brake lights come on immediately after the landing, and the hatchback comes to a halt in short order. It’s probably the last time the vehicle moves under its own power.

The report doesn’t say what state the driver was in before briefly leaving Earth, but the footage shows him travelling in a straight line and connecting with a median right before impacting the roundabout.

“His licence has since been suspended,” the report states. “It is not clear whether the stunt was accidental or deliberate.”

Regardless of the reason, top marks goes to the driver, his vehicle, and the laws of physics and gravity for keeping the car upright and in the same lane.

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  • FreedMike FreedMike on May 23, 2016

    Too bad he wasn't in the Mach 5. Could have made that cool "cha cha cha..." sound when he did the jump.

    • JimothyLite JimothyLite on May 23, 2016

      Spritle and Chim-Chim rolling out of the car as it stops, in a haze of smoke, giggling uncontrollably.

  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on May 23, 2016

    That'll buff right out of the wheel bearings.

  • Tbp0701 Tbp0701 on May 23, 2016

    A roundabout was fairly recently built in my area, and a lot of the drivers here are still confused and often stop in the middle of it. This driver presents an option I hadn't previously considered. I'll have to wait until after a solid rain, though.

  • -Nate -Nate on May 24, 2016

    Dang . . -Nate