Two people barely escaped from a frozen lake in Canada after the truck they were riding in suddenly crashed through the ice.
Ko’ona Cochrane and a passenger were attempting to drive across Lake Winnipeg—a body of water measuring 9,465 square miles located 34 miles north of the city of Winnipeg—when the lake’s ice collapsed under the weight of the truck, sending Cochrane and the passenger panicking to escape the sinking vehicle.
Incredibly, the entire dramatic scene was caught on tape.
According to a report by Global News, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police managed to get to the scene of the crash within minutes, but the truck couldn’t be saved. It remains submerged beneath Lake Winnipeg.
The police noted that there no signs warning drivers about traveling on the frozen lake, but they say that’s because the massive Lake Winnipeg is not considered to be an ice road crossing.
Driving across frozen lakes is not uncommon in certain northern U.S. states and in parts of Canada. In February, Outdoor Canada published a detailed article and an associated video giving safety tips to drivers who need to travel across a frozen lake.
Among the helpful advice given in the video, hosted by Gord Pyzer, is the suggestion drivers keep a large hammer in the vehicle so that they can break the glass windows of their car in an emergency.
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