Category Archives: car

Massive Multi-Vehicle Pileup Caught on Video

PileUp

A snow storm in Forest Lake, MN, caused a massive multi-vehicle pileup this morning that was caught on video.

The storm that caused all the havoc produced from 6-7 inches of snow, and the temperature quickly plummeted once the storm subsided heading rapidly for the nasty side of zero degrees Fahrenheit.

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Car Smashes into Grocery Store Hitting Baby Carriage – Video

OMG!…This action packed video shows a car smashing into a Publix grocery store and mowing down five adults and a baby carriage in the process.

Most of the action takes place within the first six seconds of the vid. About 50-60 seconds into the video you will be able to see the car cruising through the store still taking out store displays along the way. At 1:45 into the video several shoppers and store employees lift up one side of the car to free an 83-year-old man who was pinned under the vehicle.

Although you cannot see the details because everything happens so quickly, this video depicts a violent scene of five luckless victims and a baby carriage being wiped out by the speeding auto, which was traveling about 50 miles per hour according to witnesses. Why would anyone be driving 50 mph in the parking lot of a Publix grocery store?

Do not watch this video if you are squeamish.

Ten people including a baby in the baby carriage were injured during the accident which occurred Saturday, April 14th, in the central Florida town of Palm Coast.

The driver, 76-year-old Thelma Wagenhoffer, was charged with careless driving after she drove her 2004 Toyota Camry through the entrance of the Publix grocery store plowing her vehicle into a crowd of people and store displays.

Investigators determined that the car’s brakes were working properly, which may rule out mechanical problems as a cause. However, the car is a Toyota Camry, which has a history of autos accelerating by themselves. This video may prove that Toyotas still have problems with sticking gas pedals. Amazingly, it is difficult to believe that no one was killed in this incident, especially the baby in the baby carriage.

Neighbors claim that Wagenhoffer is normally a good driver, and that she would not answer her door to speak to reporters.

“Yeah, its bad…it’s a bad deal…its really got her tore up,” said one neighbor who declined being identified. “She never said a word. I don’t think she knows what happened to tell you the truth. I think she just had a bad experience, bad accident, bad day.”

Illegal Parking in Russia – Video

It is said that these cars were parked illegally in Russia, but I would hope there is more to it than that. If this video is legitimate, then someone somewhere has too much power to be able to do this.

But that is no surprise in our world today. Lots of folks have too much power and abuse it frequently.

This is certainly a waste of a couple of nice cars.

Longleat Jungle Monkeys Dismantle Mercedes – Video

Nearly 100 Macaque monkeys descend upon a Mercedes estate wagon and begin to dismantle and tear up as much of the vehicle as they are able. The Macaques are residents of Monkey Jungle in the Longleat Wildlife Park, Wiltshire County, in Southwest England.

Monkey Jungle has been closed to the public recently while the primates’ enclosure was redeveloped. The staff placed the Mercedes into the enclosure ahead of the grand re-opening this very weekend with a purpose of getting the monkey’s used to being around cars once again.

From the results of the experiment, it seems that the Macaques still have a long way to go before their behavior approaches anything resembling proper manners.

The simian imps rapidly removed wheel covers, rearview mirrors and comcletely tore apart any luggage they could get their hands on.

Have a look:

It seems that any park visitors may be in for some serious macaque trouble once the Monkey Enclosure re-opens, judging by the likes of this experiment.

Longleat safari park opened in 1966 and claims status as the first such attraction outside Africa.

 

Mel Gibson Smashes Car, in Trouble Again

Actor, director and movie producer Mel Gibson smashed his 2008 Maserati into a Malibu hillside on Sunday evening, landing the celebrity in hot water with the police and the media again.

Mel has had nothing but negative publicity the last few weeks over his child custody battle with ex-girl friend Oksana Grigorieva, and this fender bender will not help his image any.

Strangely enough the California Highway Patrol (CHiPs) states that Gibson was not under the influence at the time of the accident, a fact that astounds virtually anyone who has recently followed Gibson’s exploits in the news.

“He doesn’t know how his car drifted,” said CHiPs Officer Miguel Luevano. Despite the fact that his car had to be towed from the scene, Gibson was uninjured.

In a 2006 arrest for a DUI Gibson launched an oral diatribe against the arresting officer that included anti-semitic remarks. Gibson is currently under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for domesitc violence.

Drunk Driver Launches Car Over Toll Booth – Caught on Video

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Yasmine Villasana, an allegedly drunk driver at the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, airport, drove her car so fast toward a toll booth that she launched her vehicle over the toll booth when she accidentally hit a ramp in front of the booth. Her 2006 Chev Impala is highlighted in yellow in the above slideshow.

Yasmine Villasana Mug Shot
Yasmine Villasana Mug Shot

The accident, which was caught on video, caused her car to fly over another vehicle and burst into flames upon landing. The police report states that, amazingly enough, Yasmine only had a broken wrist, and no one else was injured.

Yasmine’s Chev Impala suffered a fatal blow and had to be retired to an auto graveyard. Yasmine’s mug shot is to the right.

It is said that the driver was slightly ticked off when the control tower refused to clear her for take off, so she decided to take matters into her own hands. Of course, that is only speculation, but airport authorities did confirm that Yasmine had filed no flight plan.

Any seasoned pilot will tell you that you will never be cleared for take off until you file a flight plan.

Ms. Villasana told police that her vehicle had been rear ended by another vehicle “which caused her vehicle to strike the Toll Booth Protector Barricade, launch into the air, land on the roadway and catch on fire.” Ms. Villasana also tried to re-enter her vehicle even though it was still on fire.

For whatever reason the police doubted her story, administered a breathalyzer test and subsequently arrested Ms. Villasana for driving while intoxicated.

Dad Saves Baby’s Life in Near Death Accident – Caught on Video

Andrew Leich miraculously saved his 4-month-old son Hayden’s life when a driver, who had suffered a heart attack at the wheel, lost control of her vehicle and, while traveling around 45 mph (70 km/h), plowed into a group of pedestrians on the sidewalk in Penrith, West Sydney, Australia.

The vehicle sent most of the pedestrians flying, but it pinned Andrew and Hayden to the front of a real estate broker’s office, as shown in the photo above. Andrew and Hayden are highlighted inside the circle in the photo.

Leich says he will never forget the miraculous moment when he saved his son. “I don’t have to be reminded of it, it’s more or less the first thing that comes up in my mind straight away. It just goes ‘ting’ first thing (when I awake in the morning),” he said.

Leich had no time to think and said he reacted instinctively to protect Hayden as the car bore down upon his family. Moments before the car hit them, Leich had managed to turn slightly shielding Hayden from the power of the collision.

“I can take the hit, that’s what I was thinking, I can repair, there’s no way he’s gonna repair,” said Leich. “So I thought if they hit the back of me, that’s fixable. He’s not fixable.”

Michael Ball, the owner of the real estate office the vehicle crashed into was also on the sidewalk beginning to enter his office when the incident unfolded. As he saw the vehicle hurtling toward him he jumped back out of its path, thereby saving himself, but he also witnessed the entire accident. “It was amazing that he actually didn’t let go of the child at all,” said Ball. “The whole time he had his son in his arms and just didn’t let go.”

Leich’s instincts were correct because Hayden survived the ordeal without a scratch.

The accident occurred on July 2, 2008, but the video was just released this week. Leich was walking with his son, his mum, Caroline Leich, and his father, David Leich.

In the video Leich states that after he realized his son was unharmed, he immediately worried about his parents. In the photo above inside the highlighted circle, Leich’s mum, Caroline, can be seen flying by after being struck by the runaway car.

Both Caroline and David Leigh were rushed to the hospital in critical condition, but they have since recovered after spending months in the hospital. Leich and the car’s driver’s injuries were not critical in nature, and they too have recovered.

Leich now feels happy every time he looks at his son. “He’s lucky to be here, but in a way… he wasn’t meant to go that day, neither was mum, neither was dad,” he said.

Citations

1) “Crash video of father saving baby emerges.” 9News. http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/1050641/crash-video-of-father-saving-baby-emerges. Retrieved 5/17/2010

2) “Miracle Crash.” A Current Affair – MSN. http://video.au.msn.com/watch/video/miracle-crash/xupdmdx. Retrieved 5/17/2010

Trucker Pushes Car Sideways on Highway at 60 MPH – Caught on Video

The truck driver in this video really did not know he and his rig were pushing another vehicle sideways down the highway at highway speeds.

The female driver of the smaller vehicle survived the ordeal telling the media afterwards that she thought she was going to die.

Fool Torches Car at Gas Pump – Caught on Video

    A motorist pumping gas at a Kentucky gas station unintentionally set his car on fire in Versailles, Kentucky, which is near Lexington. The motorist was fortunate to escape uninjured.
      No he wasn’t smoking and his cell phone did not spark the fire either, but he did enter and exit his vehicle repeatedly while pumping gas. That is all that it takes to set your vehicle and yourself ablaze while pumping gas.

        The police officer in the video explained how you might set your vehicle and yourself on fire just by entering and exiting your vehicle while pumping gas. According to News.Discovery.com leaving your car running while pumping gas can also start a fire.

        Why and how? “Because a running car generates heat and heat can induce the separation of charges in the atoms or molecules of materials. Separation of charges in the atoms or molecules of materials causes static electricity, an accumulation of charges that desperately needs to discharge. Frequently that discharge feels like a little shock. But if you’re near flammable gasoline fumes, that little charge can spark a flame.” That is straight from Discovery News at http://news.discovery.com/tech/car-catches-fire-at-gas-pump.html.

        The signs on the gas pumps telling you to shut down your engine and not to re-enter your vehicle while pumping gas are there for a reason. But it seems there are still a few folks who need to learn the hard way.

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        Funny Mischief at the Car Wash – Video

        I sense slightly that this one may have been set up. Who has a camera in just the right position at the car wash? Not I. Although with all of the camera cell phones out there, it is possible.

        In any event the hijinks from it all are quite funny. I do know that at some of those car washes you cannot shut off the hose no matter what. I think I would have gone to where the hose hangs from the ceiling and started trying to tame the beast from that angle.

        Let’s have a look:

        Well, setup or not I found that one to be fun. Not sure why the one dude spent so much time on the ground. Was he hurt or just hiding from the hose? I dunno. Do you?

        I think that these guys should stay away from the do it yourself car washes. They are more the full service types I believe.

        Cops Who Screw Up – Videos

        Cops who screw up! One would think there would be so many possible videos on that subject that you could almost post non-stop forever. But this post is going to stick to cops driving their squad car improperly to the point where they end up in very hot water.

        Our first vid is about a police car chase that goes wrong, as far too many of them do, it seems. The cop in this first video actually goes through…well, maybe you should just watch it:

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        If you think a police officer driving his squad car through the brick wall right into a building is bad, this next video isn’t any better. This cop runs into a man in a wheelchair while driving his squad car. Watch:

        In grammar school in basic first aid class I was taught: do not move someone injured in an accident. The man in the wheelchair could have further injuries to his spinal cord and not know it. So what does John Law do? He picks the man up and returns him to his chair. John Law flunks Rescue 101.

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        Rednecks, Crash Your Clunkers – Video


        Resident Rednecks of Turtle Lake, Wisconsin, recently sported their own version of cash for clunkers when they decided to forgo collecting any government cash for their old clunker of a vehicle as they might by participating in the federal government’s cash for clunkers program.

        Instead they started their own affair in which they crash their clunkers. No they do not receive $4,500 from the federal government, but, as you may surmise from the photo above, the Crash Your Clunker event was a whole lot more fun than any government subsidy or rebate.

        What our Turtle Lake rednecks did was set up a weekend happening down in a gravel pit in Turtle Lake in which the clunkers were launched up a gravel ramp and sent hurtling into oblivion on the flip side of the ramp.

        “It’s a little redneck, but we love it, we accept it, we admit and we enjoy it,” said Brett Moravitz, who is a self-proclaimed redneck.

        Approximately 300 participants and onlookers gathered one recent Saturday afternoon at Moravitz Excavating to watch the clunkers hurtle down a runway, launch into the air and finally crash into a gravel pit.

        It certainly is nowhere near as classy as NASCAR, and it demolishes the clunkers much more than a demolition derby. The Crash your Clunker event is the brainchild of Bob Moravitz.

        “You don’t get to do this kind-of stuff very often,” said Bob. “I mean, destruction of a car that really isn’t worth nothing anyway. So let’s just wreck it.”

        Bob’s son Rick and his pal Jake fitted the cars with remote-controlled devices so they could control the gas pedal and the steering. Since they didn’t install any remote control on the brakes, they dug trenches along the sides of the runway to prevent the cars from veering too far off course.

        Upon releasing the brake, the clunkers would speed down the runway with Rick and Jake following close behind on a four-wheeler. At the same time they controlled the speed and direction of the vehicle right up to when it launched itself off the ramp.

        In addition to launching cars, they also launched a camper towing a boat and a pickup pulling a round baler. But the piece de resistance was the launching of two school buses.

        It seems that the Crash Your Clunker event promises to become an annual redneck phenomenon each summer in Turtle Lake that may just grow a little each succeeding year.

        Unfortunately, the video sponsor no longer has the vid available. I’m sorry for the inconvenience, and I just hate when they do that.

        A Phew Phunny Photos You’ll Like

        It’s Phunny Photo time, and with themes ranging from horse sense to conspiracy theories, I believe that today we have a phew gems you will like.

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        Hey boss! Maybe it’s the alternator?

        This next sign is a re-creation of a sign that was posted in a construction zone in Lubbock, Texas. It seems that some techie managed to hack into the computer for the sign and added his own version of what should be posted there.

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        Do you know any of those conspiracy theorists who constantly thinks that everyone is plotting to take over the world? Well…maybe they are.

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        It is amazing how some businesses survive considering their level of customer service.


        That’s a lot of Budweiser! I knew my beer drinking would someday pay off.


        Have you ever spent time wandering through a cemetery? You might be surprised at the eye opening sights you will see.

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        While getting a proper education may not be necessary to make it in this world, it may save you from an embarrassing moment or two. BTW, remind me to call the missus to ask her to pick up “are” kids from school.



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        If their customers are just plain mean, they should charge them a lot more than $10.


        Redneck Fire-Breathing Dragon

        Redneck Fire-Breathing Dragon

        Worst Job Ever
        Worst Job Ever

        Redneck High School Reunion
        Redneck High School Reunion

        Redneck Penguins
        Redneck Penguins

        It’s Fun Indy Car Racing – Video Game

        The Internet is changing constantly, which is one reason we find it fascinating. We thought we would try something different here at McCafferty’s Pub, so today for the first time we have added Indy car racing to my site.

        The object is very simple: try to cross the finish line in a fast time. Since this is our first foray into Internet games, we have started with a simple racing game. Click on the directions, and then click play. It cannot get much simpler than that.

        Indy Racer:

        The problem with games is that they are addictive, so you want to play more and more. Make sure you do not get carried away and spend too much of your day here.

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        Monkey See – Monkey Do Too

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        Reporter Meets Horse's Butt
        Reporter Meets Horse’s Butt

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        Curiosity Didn’t Kill This Cat

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        This Dancing Parrot’s Got Rhythm

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        More Funny Automobile Bloopers and Misadventures – Videos

        When folks get behind the wheel these days, look out! Whether it is because of stupidity, carelessness, drunkenness or cell phone texting, people are screwing up more and more these days when they hit the roadways.

        Although many of the accidents that are caught on film result in tragedy, we prefer to dwell on the funny incidents because humor is a lot more fun than a broken neck.

        VW micro buses were all the rage back in the 1960’s and ’70’s. They have been around since then, but they simply have not been all that popular. In the late 1960’s they were a status symbol, a sign that you were a part of the hippie generation because many of the flower children drove across the USA in a VW micro bus.

        They were usually painted in psychedelic colors and were major players in the automotive experiences of the hippie generation.

        Volkswagen did not forget how popular their micro bus was back then, and a few years ago the company previewed a concept car based on that micro bus from the ’60’s and ’70’s.

        If the above photo is any proof, the concept car made it all the way to the production line. Yes, it appears from this photo that the bus is back.

        The design makes perfect sense in these days of high priced gasoline and is certainly a sign of the times. You can be sure this new VW only sips the petrol.

        Almost everyone who sees this photo says it’s cute. That means that women drivers would be the natural market for this vehicle. You could watch for more of them at a VW dealer near you. But the problem with that is that Volkswagen insists that they know nothing about the vehicle.

        Even in Germany, the closest vehicle you can find similar to this car is the VW Fox, which is nowhere as cute as this car is. If you like it, call Volkswagen and tell them you want to buy one. If they built one, they must have built others that are out there…somewhere.

        Now, for our first video–you know what kids do. They build a ramp that they can use to jump things with their skateboard, and naturally they leave it in the street in front of their house. Kids will be kids and they don’t understand that bad things are likely to happen when something like this is left in the street.

        The driver never noticed the skateboard ramp in the street and…well, watch and see for yourself:

        Oh too bad! The car did not actually tip over. But, we all know that this scenario could have gone a lot worse.

        Just imagine how the driver must have felt. He’s tooling along, probably talking on his cell phone, maybe late for an appointment, and, if he is like most drivers, his mind is anywhere but concentrating on what’s right in front of him. Suddenly his car rides up on only two wheels just like in a stunt car show. Wouldn’t that be a shocker!

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        In the next vid we have an Evel Knievel wannabe let his buddy drive a car over his forearm because that’s not really gonna hurt is it? Naah! Of course not!

        Well, I cannot understand how that hurt the kid’s arm. Let’s see…drive a 3500 pound vehicle over a human arm? That shouldn’t hurt, should it?

        Wait till this kid gets to school to tell his buddies what he did. “You drove the car over your arm? No Way!”

        “Yes, Way! Check out the video pal. See! And I’m still alive. Of course, my arm’s in a cast, but so what! Now I’m an Internet hero.”

        Well, we all know that a broken arm is a small price to pay for immortality on the Internet. I can see the high school class year book now. “Mike Smith: Let Jonesey drive a car over his forearm. Most likely to become the next Evel Knievel.”

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        Okay! I feel guilty about the car in the first video not tipping over so I’m going to try to make it up to you…maybe.

        In the next video what could possibly go wrong. The driver is entering a fenced location through a steel gate, and people enter premises like that through steel gates every day. What could go wrong?

        What indeed! Watch!

        Lady! Next time try to remember to keep the shiny side up!

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        We have saved the best for last, at least in our opinion. In our last video, a young woman attempts to fill her car with gas, which is usually a simple procedure. But today it isn’t.

        For those of you who are unfamiliar with Laurel and Hardy movies, this is the type of situation that Stan Laurel and Ollie Hardy used to get themselves into constantly. Most of their humor consisted of sight gags very similar to this one.

        I have watched this video several times and I still laugh out loud every time I see it.

        Did you notice at the very end of the clip she is still struggling with the hose trying to bring it back again to the wrong side of the car. If only she would turn her car around, all would be fine, but she doesn’t seem to understand that.

        Try Funny Automotive Bloopers and Misadventures I

        Family Claims Cop Cruiser Needlessly Ran Down Son – Video

        Did a Nevada, Iowa, police officer deliberately need to run down a knife-wielding man? Eric Peterson’s family is claiming that their son had not threatened police and the deliberate attack on Peterson by a police vehicle was unwarranted.

        Eric Peterson is the knife-wielding man you will see in the following video behaving strangely running on top of a police cruiser and then running after the cruiser.

        The Nevada police department claims that Peterson was a threat to the officers involved in the incident, which is why they ran him down. The video is from the dashboard video cameras of the two squad cars.

        Peterson’s family claims that the video clearly shows that the police cruiser deliberately had to veer to the left in order to hit Peterson. It does appear in the video that is precisely what happened.

        The family said that “Eric did not attack either officer,” and did not threaten them. Officers said when they arrived at the scene that the man began to run toward their squad cars.

        “Ultimately, the suspect was hit by one of the police vehicles as the suspect was running towards the officers with the knife,” said Police Chief Mike Tupper.

        Witness to the incident Teresa Phillips said, “the cop floored it into the parking lot and hit him.” It does appear in the video that the squad car sped up as it approached the man.

        Peterson’s family released a statement to the media saying in part, “Eric did not attack either officer. Eric did not try to get into either police car. He was holding a knife but not brandishing it.”

        “He did jump on the hood of the first police car and ran onto the roof and over the vehicle but his actions were not an attempt to gain entry to the vehicle.”

        “As that car drove away, Eric was chasing it on foot, and not likely to be able to catch it. The second police car arrived, and appears to purposefully strike Eric.”

        The second squad car did have a cracked windshield from its impact with Peterson.

        The family’s statement continued, “Eric is mentally ill and his actions are not always within his voluntary control.”

        “Nevada police officers, including the two involved in this incident, are well aware of Eric’s mental illness.”

        “We do not want to place blame at this time, but we want to ensure that all of the facts of the case be distributed on Eric’s behalf.”

        The following video depicts graphic violence. Do not watch if you think you may be offended:

        An air ambulance flew Peterson to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, and he remains there in critical condition.

        The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the incident.

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