Car Hit and flipped by Wrecking Ball!

  • SFGeoNinja

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    Nov 30, 2009 9:23 PM GMT
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    Nov 30, 2009 9:26 PM GMT
    holy shit. That was awesome. I hope the guy was okay, but it looks like the car was hit near the back, so he was probably just shaken up a bit. I've seen people survive much worse without a scratch on them.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 30, 2009 9:26 PM GMT
    Well once the driver regains his or her senses (and I hope they are OK)...
    can anyone spell....

    LAWSUIT!!!
  • Acorns

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    Nov 30, 2009 9:26 PM GMT
    Woww, on the Driver's side too! (Unless it's in the UK or something)
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    Nov 30, 2009 9:38 PM GMT
    I know I spend my time filming random street corners in the hope that something crazy happens.
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    Nov 30, 2009 9:59 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidI know I spend my time filming random street corners in the hope that something crazy happens.


    Maybe they were just trying to get film of all of the hot demolition workers?
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    Dec 01, 2009 12:59 AM GMT
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-viral-wrecking-ball-story,0,1276779.htmlstory
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    Dec 01, 2009 9:41 AM GMT
    maybe it was for a movie
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    Dec 01, 2009 10:21 AM GMT
    I had seen this clip a couple a days ago on this wild site a friend told me about. If you go to it, register and make sure that stupid "family filter" is set to off.
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    Dec 01, 2009 10:29 AM GMT
    hello... Sam Burnstien?
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    Dec 01, 2009 11:37 AM GMT
    That was cool. Looks like a movie scene though. If not that will teach that guy about driving around the barrier cones, eh?
  • Anto

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    Dec 01, 2009 11:57 AM GMT
    It also looks like another guy is filming from a different angle across the street.
  • coolarmydude

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    Dec 01, 2009 12:07 PM GMT
    jmals23 saidhttp://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-viral-wrecking-ball-story,0,1276779.htmlstory




    Exactly. My first thought was that the video was too short to be a real life capture. The "accident" would have fetched far more curiosity than what the clip showed.
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    Dec 01, 2009 12:46 PM GMT
    Me thinks viral advertising for Astro Boy. The bus with the Astro Boy banner takes up a fair amount of the video.

    Addendum:

    It must just be a movie scene. You can see the mechanical arm under the vehicle flip it over. The wrecking ball doesn't actually flip the car.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1386588/
    The Other Guys with Will Ferrell

    http://www.nowtoronto.com/daily/story.cfm?content=172652
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    Dec 01, 2009 1:36 PM GMT
    Observations: it is NYC, and the passing bus driver is seated on the left, per Acorn's question. It's an American bus, as well. I can't read the illuminated route indication near the bus front, however.

    A camera operator can be seen in the background, on the sidewalk in front of the 6-story tenement. He's aiming at the van's point of impact before it even appears, not at the wrecking ball, as he would do if making a record of the demolition work.

    The ball is very low for demo work, and comes to rest in the street, because the boom is swung out. That means the entire street would have been closed off as a routine safety precaution, and parked traffic removed. Nor would the sidewalk have been left open. I presume those pedestrians are stunt people.

    The timing to get the ball to hit just behind the driver would be so difficult that I wonder if the van was driven remotely, the risk to a human being too great. A hit in the door would have pushed it in severely, plus even a well padded stunt driver would take enormous G-forces from the sudden lateral acceleration.

    I didn't see the mechanical arm that Ganymede80 did. I did see a loose object under the van for a second, but it could be detached trim. I believe the ball did hit the van fully.

    Some of the "spectators" on the left were slow to step into the street at first, but then the wrecking ball was still swinging a bit. At the very end of the clip, however, one of them appears to try to grab the ball and steady it. What a strange thing for an ordinary bystander to do.

    This would have made a great TV story, especially in light of recent fatal contruction crane accidents, including in NYC. But I saw nothing about it, despite being dated just a month ago. Did any of you?

    Conclusion: I think it was likely a planned stunt.
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    Dec 01, 2009 10:59 PM GMT
    This was in the Chicago Tribune.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-viral-wrecking-ball-story,0,1276779.htmlstory

    Car Hit By Wrecking Ball In New York City?
    Rumors suggest this is a viral ad for Dodge

    This video, titled 'OMG! Car Hit and Flipped By Wrecking-Ball in NYC!' is gaining traction on YouTube.com today. On first glance, it appears that nearby pedestrians caught the shocking incident on tape but a second look shows signs of a viral advertisement. Note the last audible section of the video, you can hear someone screaming 'cut' before a fade to black. The question is, could this be a viral ad for Dodge? Or is it a scene from an upcoming movie?
  • MercuryMax

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    Dec 01, 2009 11:04 PM GMT
    Yea that was obviously a movie set. Which is great, I love this kind of stuff. You could see the second metal cord that controlled the rate of speed of the wrecking ball. You could also see the mechanism from under the car fly out that ensured the flipping. Also if you had listened, you could hear them all say "Cut!" and then run out. I wish I could have been a part of that..

    The bus was scheduled for Layton Avenue, I don't know what city, I presume NYC.

    Lets all understand that this was just a movie set.
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    Dec 01, 2009 11:08 PM GMT
    Acorns saidWoww, on the Driver's side too! (Unless it's in the UK or something)


    That was a NYC commuter bus. I didn't see this in local news. When did that happen? That was totally cartoonish. wholely Cow!!!
  • kinetic

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    Dec 01, 2009 11:26 PM GMT
    JOB OPENING!

    That is seriously scary. I hope anyone in that car is ok and soon to wealthier.
    Unless its for a movie of course... In that case, what-evs!
  • MercuryMax

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    Dec 01, 2009 11:27 PM GMT
    kinetic saidJOB OPENING!

    That is seriously scary. I hope anyone in that car is ok and soon to wealthier.


    Wow, uh once again. If there was a driver, it was a stunt driver. Why? Because it was a movie set.
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    Dec 01, 2009 11:29 PM GMT
    MercuryMax said
    kinetic saidJOB OPENING!

    That is seriously scary. I hope anyone in that car is ok and soon to wealthier.


    Wow, uh once again. If there was a driver, it was a stunt driver. Why? Because it was a movie set.


    got it
  • MercuryMax

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    Dec 01, 2009 11:33 PM GMT
    I dont think this was a viral ad, because they would have made it more believable, they would have found a way to link it to something that it would have been advertising. It was a MOVIE SET though.

    I found the "KITTnapping in Canada" of KITT from the new Knight Rider Tv Show to be more believable. They staged a promotional demonstration of the ne KITT car, and a crowd gathered, while unloading the car, the car was stolen. Everyone was left thinking "WTF" - the acting was good as well. However it was later to be found out that this was just a form of Viral Advertisement to form a game of someone winning their own Ford Mustang that looked like KITT. It was much more believable tho.

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    Dec 01, 2009 11:34 PM GMT
    MercuryMax said
    kinetic saidJOB OPENING!

    That is seriously scary. I hope anyone in that car is ok and soon to wealthier.


    Wow, uh once again. If there was a driver, it was a stunt driver. Why? Because it was a movie set.


    lol
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    Dec 02, 2009 12:32 AM GMT
    i like balls
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    Dec 02, 2009 12:35 AM GMT
    It's fake, scene from and upcoming movieicon_wink.gif