SUV v. tailpipe

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The Minnesota State Patrol posted this picture on its Facebook page this afternoon. A tailpipe fell off a car or truck and plunged through the window of this SUV on 35 E south just south of Yankee Doodle in Eagan yesterday afternoon.

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It’s not known whether it fell off an exhaust system or was in a load of scrap metal being transported at the time.

Nobody got hurt, but imagine if the driver had been texting or otherwise distracted.

(h/t: Julia Schrenkler)

  • I have been telling people about the dangers of tailpipe emissions for some time, but this takes it to a whole new threat level.

  • Jim Shapiro

    End Times, I’m tellin’ ya.

    In the book of revelations of the Holy Recipe Book of our lord and savior, The Flying Spaghetti Monster, ( all glory to his name ), it clearly states,

    “Ye shall keep thine eyes on the road, and thine hands upon the wheel, lest ye suddenly be smited by a random hunk of metal that was previously attached to the tail of a winged minion of the dark one. Lo, if ye closeth thine ears to this message, ye best be ready to kisseth thine ass goodbye.”

  • I’m glad no one got hurt.

    Having said that …

    If it weren’t for the cracked windshield, I would’ve sworn someone had installed a wood stove in their SUV — a budget RV.

    Or a periscope. Maybe to search for wayward tailpipes?

  • Jamie

    You crack me up, Jim S!! :o)

    On a more serious note, I posted this link in another thread here, but I think it fits here too. It’s another illustration of what can happen if you pay attention to your phone, or your hamburger, or anything other than your driving.

    This video is from a dash-cam in a police or state patrol car.

    http://rmirror.net/r/videos/comments/q5hu9/car_accident_nsfl/

  • Jamie

    I’d like to take this opportunity to remind people that it’s not just texting while driving that is dangerous. TALKING on the phone while driving is almost as bad. There was a researcher on Midmorning several months ago who had studied this, and he found that if we’re talking on the phone while driving, we are much more likely to get in a crash. I don’t remember the exact details (I think it was 4 times as likely), but his research showed that our brains can’t handle both driving and talking. I can’t even have a casual conversation with a passenger in the car without my driving being affected.

    Texting is worse, of course. But people have been getting this message (in the media, etc.) that they shouldn’t text and drive, so they think it’s ok to talk and drive. I have a near-miss with drivers talking on their phones almost every day while I’m driving the short distances I drive.

  • Jim Shapiro

    Jamie – Thanks. You made my “Hoping to evoke a laugh – OK, I’ll settle for a smirk” day.

  • BenCh

    Reminds me of the story(ies) of deer getting hit and the car behind the hitting-car ends up with a large animal through the windshield.