Challenger Driver Ends Up in a Water-filled Canal in California
Dodge Challenger owner was doing his best “fast and furious” impression in an area that he didn’t know.
Early yesterday morning, the Fox 26 KMPH Facebook page shared the picture above of a grey Dodge Challenger sitting in a concrete-lined canal in water that is deep enough to cover the tires. The car is badly wrecked and a man who we can assume is the driver is sitting on the roof, looking quite distraught.
The picture quickly spread across the internet without any explanation, but how this Challenger ended up wrecked in a drainage canal is as foolish as you might expect.
Too Fast, Too Furious
Evidently, sometime earlier this week, the California Highway Patrol got a call about a car that had run off of the road and into a drainage canal in Buttonwillow. When the police arrived, they found the car in the water with the depressed driver sitting on the roof, and one of the officers was good enough to snap a picture for us all to enjoy.
It seems that the driver was speeding through an area with which he was not familiar and he ended up in the canal. There is no other information, but if we had to guess based on the damage, we would bet that this guy was blasting through the area, not realizing that the canal was there. He likely sped towards the canal and couldn’t turn or stop quickly enough to avoid plunging down the concrete embankment and a few feet of water.
These canals are often blocked off with a guard rail or fence, which may have done the damage to the hood of this Challenger before it rambled down the side of the canal and into the water. To make matters worse, the roof is all dented up, presumably from when the driver climbed out of the flooded car to wait for the police.
While we obviously don’t know the full extent of the damage, we would bet that this Dodge Challenger is headed for the salvage yard. Between the damage to the front end, the damage caused by the water and any suspension damage that was done between the road and the final resting place in the canal, we would bet that there is enough destruction that the insurance company will total it out.
That is a bummer for this Dodge driver, but based on the initial report, his careless driving in an unfamiliar area led to the demise of his Challenger. We should all learn a lesson from this, just in case he didn’t.
This accident happened in a town that has a well-known road course that shares the Buttonwillow name, so this driver would have been much better off paying to take his Challenger to an open track day where he may have just hit a wall. Those damages would have been easier to repair and it wouldn’t have involved the police.
In any case, it seems that the driver is ok, shy of same damage to his pride.