You Won’t Believe What This Truck Driver Attempts On A Flooded Road!

Big Rig Driving Through Flood

Source: YouTube

In a scene that seemed almost as if it came straight out of a blockbuster disaster movie, a truck driver braved flood-ravaged a South Carolina highway during a rained-out weekend in which record rainfall levels were registered. Maneuvering an immense load as dexterously as if he was paddling a canoe, the as-yet-unnamed driver was captured on a video that was subsequently uploaded on YouTube.

The video garnered dozens of views within minutes and had been seen more than 44,000 times two days after it was uploaded. Apparently taken with a cellphone camera, the video lasted all of two minutes and quickly spread to several sites. Leading up to the day of the said event, large sections of the state had been deluged with rain, with some areas having been deluged with more than two feet of rain.

Big Rig Driving Through Flood

Source: YouTube

So severe and so extensive was the flooding that the President was moved to declare a state of emergency. By the time the rains eased up, many roads were either covered entirely in water or totally washed away. With all the flash floods that were developing throughout the state, it seemed that the most prudent thing to do was to stay at home.

But not our daredevil Big Rig driver. While most of South Carolina wisely opted to tuck into bed with a good book or CNN on the tube, the mystery truck driver decided to brave the now totally submerged Highway 15, which at this point was looking more like a raging river than a highway.

The aforementioned driver wasn’t alone of course. Just across the way, a line of cars had come to a halt, among them the people responsible for shooting the now-famous video of the now-legendary driver. Fastidiously following the driver as he made his watery trek inch-by-inch through the flood waters, the unnamed amateur videographers provided some entertaining commentary as well.

Big Rig Driving Through Flood

Source: YouTube

Although not quite meeting global media standards for disaster coverage, the female voice on the footage blurted out a comment that many would later find themselves uttering after seeing the video: “Holy sh*t!”

All holiness aside, what Truck Driver X did was worthy of the expletive, and perhaps a lot more. Imagine plowing an 18-wheeler down–not across–a raging river, and you get an idea of the magnitude, the determination, the bravado, the sheer balls, required to consider even the act. That he attempted it at all–much more so, actually made it all the way through–is a testament to the indomitability of the Great American Big Rig Driver if there ever was one.

In the wake of the video’s posting, some automotive/Big Rig experts have of course popped out of the woodwork, as has become common in this age of armchair experts and online keyboard warriors. Many have poo-poo’ed the driver’s incredible achievement, claiming that it was pretty much insignificant for a rig of that size and design.

Regardless of the more jaded Internet contingent, however, we remain very impressed with the feat, and we are confident that it will be a part of highway lore for a while.