Whether it is through luck or fate, lorries just seem to keep finding their way to the centre of the most bizarre news stories and urban myths around the internet. Weird and wonderful, strange and terrible, the crazy lorry stories just keep appearing – here are five of the oddest ones out there…
The Lord is Moving to Iowa
Thanks in part to groupage, lorry drivers frequently find themselves transporting full, heavy loads and backloads…but it is doubtful that many drivers have dealt with a load as heavy as the one in this story! The 100 year old Trinity Lutheran Church was moved hundreds of miles to its new home in Manning, Iowa, balanced precariously on the back of an enormous lorry. For the dedicated lorry driver, there truly is no job too big or small! For the curious, there is some truly stunning time lapse photography of the incident on the internet: just Google for "Moving a 100 Year Old Church."
The FedEx Redemption
At the Karlau prison in Austria, a lorry driver experienced a very unusual example of groupage when a convict added himself to the driver’s backload, disguised in a parcel. In an inventive escape attempt, several other inmates packaged him up and loaded him on to the back of the lorry. Once the lorry was safely out of the prison gates, Muradif Hasanbegovic (who was serving a seven year sentence for robbery) broke out of the parcel and then out of the truck. The lorry driver told police: "I noticed the tarpaulin had a hole in it just as the prison called me and asked 'Have you noticed anything funny? We are kind of missing a prisoner'."
Covered in Bees!
Everyone knows that lorries sometimes carry dangerous loads, but its rare that they are as unusually dangerous as this! On July 1st 2008, a lorry carrying 12 million honey bees overturned on a rain slicked road in Canada, spilling its living load out onto the highway. Beekeepers were summoned to try and lure the bees back to their hives, though fortunately the rain kept most of the bees inside the lorry. One over eager reporter was stung whilst attempting to take photographs of the overturned lorry and its unusual cargo, but otherwise no one was injured.
The Chocolate Powered Lorry Goes to Timbuktu
As the race for sustainable fuels continues, there’s one very unusual fuel source that should be considered – chocolate. The waste left over from cocoa when it is turned into chocolate can apparently be turned into a form of biodiesel. In order to raise awareness for green fuels, two men drove a chocolate powered lorry from London to Timbuktu with the intention of donating their biodiesel processor and any funds raised to charity.
Sometimes, Cartoons Do Come True
Questions have been raised about the veracity of this story, but sometimes you just want a news story to be real no matter how improbable or unsourced it is. Allegedly, in central China the life of a five year old child was saved when he fell from a fifth floor window, bounced off an awning and then landed in the back of a lorry that was filled with pillows. Awwww…