Video: A Taiwanese Landslide Boulder Nearly Crushes a Car


I think we have a solid contender for the title of Luckiest Man in Asia. During a sudden landslide in Keelung, Taiwan, a massive boulder barely stopped rolling before completely crushing a car driving by. 

A screenshot from the video shows how close the car came to obliteration.

A screenshot from the video shows how close the car came to obliteration.

Landslides are distressingly common in Taiwan, as the island is battered by heavy rains, tropical storms, and typhoons around this time every year. With mountainous geography throughout the nation and the unpredictability of storms, landslides claim a large number of Taiwanese citizens each year.

In the video, you can see the massive elephant-sized boulder start rolling at the top centre portion of the screen just as the playback taken from a dashboard camera begins. A few seconds later, and a torrent of mud and rocks hits the road, and the gargantuan rock just barely stops short of flattening the white car ahead of the vehicle recording the close encounter:

 

 

Just last week, a train was derailed and 12 people were injured after a landslide hit the entrance of a tunnel.

UPDATE:

The Chinese tabloid Apple Daily released photos of the front of the vehicle. As it turns out, a smaller boulder hit the front of the car destroying the front end. A female passenger was also in the car, and at the end of the video the male is seen going around to the passenger side to check on her. At least one comment on the web suggests that Taiwanese news outlets are reporting that both the driver and the passenger are fine.

Image via Apple Daily

Image via Apple Daily

Taiwan Landslide Back of Car

Image via Apple Daily

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