A highway sign fell on an SUV in Australia in a scene that looks like it came straight out of a Final Destination movie.
It’s a sight so unbelievable that you need to see it to believe. A giant highway road sign fell and crushed a highway traveler on Tuesday in Australia. Miraculously, the driver survived.
The shocking event happened during the afternoon rush at around 5:15 PM on the Tullamarine Freeway near Melbourne. There was no warning, no strong winds, and no other signal that such an enormous road sign would topple over and crush a car that afternoon.
The only reason why we have footage of it at all is due to a dash cam from the driver behind the SUV.
As you can see in the footage, the sign first falls just before the SUV so that it crashes into it, crumpling its engine compartment. Then the sign topples on top of the car and crushes the roof, narrowing missing the driver’s side passenger compartment.
In the end, the SUV is completely totaled.
Incredibly, the 53-year-old female driver survived the ordeal with only minor neck injuries. According to 9 News, she was taken to a nearby hospital where she’s listed as being in stable, non-life-threatening condition.
Ali Murad was driving in his car when the camera on his dashboard caught the terrifying event on digital film. “She was driving a big SUV, I was driving a smaller car… it would’ve crushed my car,” he said.
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There was no outward indication that the enormous highway sign would fall, according to VicRoads, the statutory corporation that maintains highways in and around Victoria. Two maintenance checks were performed on the sign that fell on Tuesday, and neither check indicated cause for alarm.
Just to be sure, VicRoads are currently investigating all roadway signs in the area for possible damage or wear. The sign that fell was installed in 2017 and is well within its warranty period.
Officials are currently investigating the cause of the incident.