Toyota Tundra Platinum Takes an Avalanche Hit and Drives Away
Wall of snow swept the red Tundra off of the road, but the occupants were uninjured and the truck was unharmed.
You may have seen video footage of an avalanche blasting across a Colorado highway as captured from a vehicle far off in the distance, but one Toyota Tundra Platinum driver found himself in the direct path of Mother Nature’s snowy fury. According to The Daily Mail, Shaune Goleman was driving his Toyota pickup along I-80 in Colorado, headed to a day of skiing on Copper Mountain with his family. With his dash cam rolling, the family couldn’t do anything but watch as snow poured across the highway, engulfing the Ford pickup in front before slamming into the Toyota.
Hit By an Avalanche
In the video above, we are riding along in the Toyota Tundra Platinum owned by the Goleman family as they traveled along I-70 near Ten Mile Canyon in Colorado. There is a white Ford Super Duty just ahead of the Tundra in the next lane over along with a large group of vehicles further ahead. Everything appears to be fine for the first 10 seconds of the video, but as the Ford pulls out away from the Tundra, we see a sudden cloud of snow coming pouring onto the road.
Shortly after the Ford disappears, the river of snow slams into the Toyota, at which point we lose forward visibility. After that, the Tundra was shoved off of the road and partially buried, as were many of the vehicles in the immediate area.
Once the truck came to rest and the flow of snow had stopped, the Goleman family was able to quickly get out of the truck, although the passenger’s side doors were packed shut with snow. The family had to dig their truck free of the snow, but everyone in the family was unhurt and the Tundra survived the impact with only cosmetic damages to the side where the avalanche hit. Once the snow was cleared away from the truck and road crews had cleared the road a bit, the family was able to continue on their way, although it is unclear on whether they still went skiing or if they cut their losses and went home.
In any case, this Toyota Tundra Platinum literally got hit by an avalanche so hard that it shoved it off of the road, but after being unburied, it was able to drive away without any problem.
This could serve as a great marketing tool for Toyota, pointing out that the Tundra is tougher than a Category 3 avalanche, keeping the Goleman family safe in what could have been a terrible situation.