Crushing Crane Weights

In this video a pair of crane weights falls on a car, completely crushing it. The odds of someone capturing this scene on video as they're driving down a street suggest that it must be fake, but it's a pretty well done fake. A professional agency must have created it. (via Digg)


Posted on Wed May 09, 2007


Truth is stranger than fiction...

Last week's local news reported that several people on a tour bus traveling the New York Thruway south of Albany were injured when a large rock burst through the roof of the bus. Fortunately, none suffered life-threatening injuries.

The bus was passing a commercial quarry when blasting was underway. Reportedly, the company seriously erred in the size of charge needed.
Posted by ldg  on  Wed May 09, 2007  at  05:56 AM
Heh, you'd think that there'd be safety procedures to prevent stuff like that happening.

We had traffic held up on one of the main streets of Perth this morning as a crane was manouevering a heavy load near the road. Simply because the obviously didn't want something like the above video happening.

Anyhow, the passenger(s) and driver of the car the camera was in were fairly quiet about such a thing happening...I'm sure if I saw something like that happen right in front of me I'd be swearing my head of. Not to mention swerving to avoid debris.
Posted by Smerk  in  to mischief  on  Wed May 09, 2007  at  06:20 AM
No, no, you don't get it. The point is not that it couldn't conceivably happen -- it most certainly could. Alex was finding it highly dubious (and I agree) that someone would actually be there, with a camera, and shooting. And hey, what a coincidence, just before the load went down, they were framing the street in such a way as to catch on film that very load that would fall on a car seconds later. Who does that?

Take a closer look at the framing before the "accident" -- would you shoot that way if you didn't *know* something special would happen to those huge iron bars hanging above?
Posted by Gutza  on  Wed May 09, 2007  at  05:10 PM
the framing is suspicious, more suspicious though (for me anyway) is the fact that the car that this clip was shot from continues to move at an unaltered pace, no breaks, no swerving, no acceleration....

it actually drives past the wreackage just as one of the two objects tips over.

imagine yourself as the driver, is continuing smoothly at 10 mph even remotely one of your options?
Posted by mormagli  on  Wed May 09, 2007  at  09:02 PM
Heres why I think it is a set up. Why would someone be videotaping a drive like that? I can see if you are on vacation and are taping some interesting sights while you drive by (my mom has done it, and so have I) but they are taping the road. How it that videotape worthy? I feel it is set up. And, I would have screamed or yelled Oh my god, or made some sort of exclamation if I drove by something like that. Braking would also ensue as would swerving.
Posted by red_dragon_girl_69  in  Earth, I think  on  Thu May 10, 2007  at  09:26 AM
I think it is a damn good fake.

First, it just looks like the weights drop about 30 feet in front of the apparent position of the crane - subjective.

Notice the bus at the start of the sequence. Particularly the right as you view it. Dark with a few glints and reflections (almost too much reflection!) and notice the pattern. Then notice the car to the right of the car in front of the camera and how it flares as it passes from shadow to sunlight caused by the trees. Notice the windshield of the doomed car, as it doesn't reflect the trees to its right and above as it moves and barely lights up when in the brief patch of sunlight. Then notice as we zoom past how bright the reflections are on the front and rear. Is this a reflective car or not? or is it reflective in selected areas?
Posted by OriginalSim  on  Thu May 10, 2007  at  12:36 PM
It's clearly fake, because no one in the "camera" car said "Holy Sh*t!" smile
Posted by Ric  on  Fri May 11, 2007  at  01:53 PM
My brain tells me that the thing falls on the wrong spot if it would drop from the crane you see earlier in the clip. Triangulation of 3D scenarios is the key here.
Posted by Joejoe  in  EU  on  Mon May 28, 2007  at  06:40 AM
I've watched the clip a couple of times now, and the distance is definitly wrong. Drops too early on the roead.
Posted by Joejoe  in  EU  on  Mon May 28, 2007  at  06:43 AM
Posted by Elyaqim Mosheh Adam  in  Bronx, New York  on  Tue Mar 04, 2008  at  12:55 AM
What gives it away is that taking into consideration the weight of those counterweights, and the distance they drop, they wouldn't merely stop abruptly when impacting the pavement after going through the car. Those weights would continue on their path of destruction and make at least a good 12" impression in the ground.
Posted by Bob  in  CA, USA  on  Sun Jan 25, 2009  at  08:48 PM
The car filming was at least 100' from the weights and the weights fall very near the car filming just about 2 seconds later. Plus the weights fell exactly side by side. Then no reaction from people filming.
It's amazing how people can find the least little discrepancy in the video, but find nothing in the 9/11 videos where there are hundreds of things that look out of place.

I suppose in this video you don't have to take a stand and accuse the government of lying.
Posted by Red Hawk  on  Wed Nov 25, 2009  at  12:57 PM
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