Crossovers typically offer a small amount of extra ground clearance over passenger cars, giving them slightly improved capability off road or in the snow. These vehicles are not to be mistaken for bonafide off-roaders, though. It seems one Canadian owner of a Chevy Equinox wasn’t aware of this, vastly overestimating his vehicle’s capabilities as he drove directly into a large crater caused by a water main break.
This rather humorous mishap was filmed by a curious onlooker in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and uploaded to the /r/IdiotsInCars subreddit earlier this week. The clip shows a gentleman approaching a deep puddle caused by a small water main break and crater in his Chevy Equinox before driving directly into the puddle. The nose of his vehicle then dives into the rut caused by the water main break, causing the vehicle to become stuck.
A Reddit commenter alleges the cause of the water main break was another vehicle crashing into a fire hydrant, which damaged the pipe below the road. This caused a heave in the road with water hemorrhaging through, but traffic kept passing through the puddle while the water level remained low. Two large semi-trucks then drove through the puddle, damaging the road further. Cars stopped passing after the crater opened up, but this Equinox driver figured his compact crossover could handle it.
Another Reddit user said they work near this area and that the car had been abandoned and subsequently sunk even further into the puddle by the evening, with the top of the doors/windows just barely visible above the water. We imagine the car will also have some water damage, so this driver’s impatience likely ended up being quite costly.