Watch School Bus Filled With Children Escape Near Disaster
“Safe” is not a word you’d use to describe most Russian drivers. YouTube is absolutely filled with frightening Russian driver videos, showing everything from road rage, to epic accidents. So it’s not really surprising that a Russian school bus driver would attempt to cross a washed out bridge during a flash flood. What makes the following video so terrifying, is there’s actually 50+ children onboard the bus!
All right, this should go without saying: never, ever attempt to drive through a flash flood. If rushing water blocks the road ahead of you, turn around and find another way. It doesn’t matter if you’re driving a Range Rover, a lifted 4×4, or a monster truck. You have no way of knowing the condition of the road beneath that water, and a sudden surge of water could come along at any moment sweeping you downstream. Many people die in flash floods each year, simply because they over-estimate their ability to handle a rushing torrent of water. So do yourself a favor, and “turn around, don’t drown.”
What No One Tells You About Flash Floods
- A gallon of water weighs 8.34 lbs
- An “average” flash flood moves at 9ft per second or at 6.13 miles per hour
- Flood waters moving at 6 mph have the same force as wind gusts from an EF5 tornado (270+ mph)
- A “big” flash flood can move at 25 mph+
- Flood waters moving at 25 mph have the same force as 790 mph wind gusts, which is faster than the speed of sound
- Flood waters can reach 67 mph in steep, elevated terrain
- 6-inches of water can knock you off your feet
- 1-foot of water can exert 500 lbs of force on a car
- 1-foot of water can disable traction, braking, and steering
- 2-feet of water can wash away an average car
About The Mighty School Bus
The school bus crossing waterfall video features what appears to be a 90’s vintage International, with a 72-passenger school bus body. The unladen weight of this giant steel box is roughly 20,000 lbs, and around 28,000 lbs with all the seats filled (figuring 100 lbs per child). But this was in Russia, and they don’t usually pay much attention to structural limits. So the bus in the video was probably pushing close to 40,000 lbs.
How Could This Have Possibly Worked Out?
Since most modern school buses are fitted with diesel engines, this lucky rig had the power to carry its terrified passengers across that bridge / dam / levy / waterfall, or whatever it was. Luckily, most commercial duty diesel engines have their air intakes mounted near the top of the engine compartment. So as long as the engine wasn’t completely submerged, all that moronically brave driver had to do was keep the go-pedal pinned to the floor.
With 100’s of 1,000’s of pounds of pressure slamming into the bus every second, it’s a miracle that it didn’t get swept away. The 40,000+ lb curb weight no question helped keep it upright, and the surface below the water was obviously in good enough shape to allow the tires to get traction. Not to mention, somebody upstairs was definitely looking out for all those kids…