Crazy video: World’s toughest security barrier destroys truck

Here, a security barrier designed to prevent vehicle bomb and terrorist attacks gets tested against a 15,000 lbs truck (almost 7 tons). Things get… pretty messy!

The truck speeds up to 50mph (80 km/h), hitting the barrier with immense force, about three times higher than what it takes to lift a Boeing 747. The barrier wobbles but doesn’t even budge, while the lorry’s engine block is squashed and the entire truck is basically destroyed.

Dean Alberson, a research engineer at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute said that the barrier is part of a project to protect international U.S. embassy bases; he also said that the safety of the driver is not a priority. The anti-ram vehicle barrier, which is being referred to simply as “bent pipe”, emerged unscathed from the test.

Here’s another gif, in slow motion…

… and another one in slow-motion from another angle:

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Andrei's background is in geophysics, and he's been fascinated by it ever since he was a child. Feeling that there is a gap between scientists and the general audience, he started ZME Science -- and the results are what you see today.

One thought on “Crazy video: World’s toughest security barrier destroys truck

  1. 0ldmann

    How deep are those poles go down in the underground?

    I get chills just watching this, my type of gate entrance.

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