Despite a plethora of safety systems and impressive engineering, there are still rare situations in which we are reminded that internal-combustion-powered vehicles are essentially big boxes on wheels filled with highly flammable liquid. Such is the case with the following short video, in which we see a Chevy Silverado pickup truck burst into flames after it’s rear-ended by a heavy truck on the highway.
The video comes to us from regional CBS news affiliate WCCO out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and clocks in at just over 30 seconds in length, showing a video captured on Interstate 35 near Forest Lake. The video was shot from a department of transportation camera located above the highway, and shows a red Chevy Silverado pickup truck parked in the center lane of the five-lane highway. Traffic is moderate, with most of the other cars cruising by at normal highway speeds without issue.
Apparently, the Chevy Silverado pictured ran into mechanical issues after striking a deer, and the driver was unable to get the pickup over to the side of the road. As such, the driver abandoned the vehicle, leaving it sitting in the middle of the highway with the hazard lights flashing.
Suddenly, we see a large semi approaching at high speeds behind the stranded Chevy Silverado. It’s unclear if the driver behind the wheel of the semi didn’t see the smaller pickup, or perhaps didn’t react in time, but either way, the semi slams into the bed of the Chevy Silverado, demolishing it in dramatic fashion.
Several white canisters fly out of the rear of the pickup and spill out onto the highway as the Chevy Silverado ricochets across several lanes, eventually sliding to a stop on the shoulder. By the time the pickup finally stops, it’s engulfed in flames.
Luckily, reports indicate that no one was hurt in the collision. Watching it all go down is pretty crazy, so see it for yourself by hitting play right here: