The moment a Wrangler driver totals a jeep while trying and failing to load it on a trailer

Tow truck driver WRECKS a Jeep Wrangler while trying and failing to load it onto his trailer as it rolls backwards out of control

  • A tow truck driver crashed a Jeep Wrangler while trying to load it onto his truck
  • The wreck happened at an auto lot in Oak Harbor, Washington on Friday
  • The Jeep had been dropped off a few weeks earlier as part of an insurance claim
  • Rather than repair it, the insurance company decided to write it off as totaled 
  • The driver tried to get it on his ramp, after being told it was unsafe to drive
  • He almost made it, but instead the Jeep rolled backwards off the ramp
  • No one was hurt, but the Jeep was wrecked even more than it started out to be 

By Dailymail.com Reporter

Published: 17:16 EDT, 20 September 2018 | Updated: 18:47 EDT, 20 September 2018

A tow truck driver who arrived to load a salvaged Jeep Wrangler managed to leave it in a worse condition than he found it after a crash in Oak Harbor, Washington on Friday.

The man decided to get behind the wheel of the Jeep because the truck he was supposed to load it onto wouldn't fit behind the building, where it was being stored.

After being warned the brakes were shot, he carries on anyway, and almost succeeds before the vehicle rolls backwards down a ramp at the very last moment. 

The Jeep finally comes to a stop, but not before tipping over on its side on the wrong side of an embankment with the driver still inside.

He came out of the incident unscathed, but the video is definitely worth watching.

'The Jeep came in a few weeks prior for an insurance claim,' a man from the auto lot where the Jeep was parked said.

'It needed a lot of suspension work and the insurance company decided to total it.'

Once a vehicle is totaled, it can be hauled away for a number of reasons, including being sold as a whole at auction, or divided up into parts.

A tow truck driver trying to haul away a salvaged Jeep Wrangler actually wrecked the hunk of junk even more in Oak Harbor, Washington on Friday
A tow truck driver trying to haul away a salvaged Jeep Wrangler actually wrecked the hunk of junk even more in Oak Harbor, Washington on Friday

A tow truck driver trying to haul away a salvaged Jeep Wrangler actually wrecked the hunk of junk even more in Oak Harbor, Washington on Friday

The man decided to get behind the wheel of the Jeep because the truck he was supposed to load it onto wouldn't fit behind the building, where it was being stored
The man decided to get behind the wheel of the Jeep because the truck he was supposed to load it onto wouldn't fit behind the building, where it was being stored

The man decided to get behind the wheel of the Jeep because the truck he was supposed to load it onto wouldn't fit behind the building, where it was being stored

But first, it has to be picked up. 

'The jeep was in our back lot where the tow truck couldn't fit so the tow truck driver decided to drive it over to his truck,' the man said.

'We told him it didn't have any brakes and was unsafe to drive. We have no idea what he was thinking trying to drive it up the ramp.'

'The jeep was in our back lot where the tow truck couldn't fit so the tow truck driver decided to drive it over to his truck,' a man at the auto lot said
'The jeep was in our back lot where the tow truck couldn't fit so the tow truck driver decided to drive it over to his truck,' a man at the auto lot said
'The jeep was in our back lot where the tow truck couldn't fit so the tow truck driver decided to drive it over to his truck,' a man at the auto lot said
'The jeep was in our back lot where the tow truck couldn't fit so the tow truck driver decided to drive it over to his truck,' a man at the auto lot said

'The jeep was in our back lot where the tow truck couldn't fit so the tow truck driver decided to drive it over to his truck,' a man at the auto lot said

At first, it looked like the Jeep was going to make it, but those hopes were quickly dashed
At first, it looked like the Jeep was going to make it, but those hopes were quickly dashed

At first, it looked like the Jeep was going to make it, but those hopes were quickly dashed

Even so, for a minute there, it looked like the Jeep was going to make it. 

But those hopes were quickly dashed, and regardless of whatever fate the tow truck driver had in mind for the Jeep, the laws of nature had another idea. 

As the brakes apparently failed, the jeep rolled backwards, all the way back down the ramp.

As the brakes apparently failed, the jeep rolled backwards, all the way back down the ramp
As the brakes apparently failed, the jeep rolled backwards, all the way back down the ramp

As the brakes apparently failed, the jeep rolled backwards, all the way back down the ramp

When it got to the bottom, its rear tires crashed up against the embankment bordering the lot, and its front wheels raised up into the air
When it got to the bottom, its rear tires crashed up against the embankment bordering the lot, and its front wheels raised up into the air
When it got to the bottom, its rear tires crashed up against the embankment bordering the lot, and its front wheels raised up into the air
When it got to the bottom, its rear tires crashed up against the embankment bordering the lot, and its front wheels raised up into the air

When it got to the bottom, its rear tires crashed up against the embankment bordering the lot, and its front wheels raised up into the air

'It broke the natural gas meter off and a large amount of natural gas leaked out,' the man said
'It broke the natural gas meter off and a large amount of natural gas leaked out,' the man said

'It broke the natural gas meter off and a large amount of natural gas leaked out,' the man said

When it got to the bottom, its rear tires crashed up against the embankment bordering the lot, and its front wheels raised up into the air.

When they came back down again, the Jeep tipped over on its side, finally coming to rest with the tow truck driver still inside. 

'It broke the natural gas meter off and a large amount of natural gas leaked out,' the man said.

'Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the fire department and police came [anyway].'

When they came back down again, the Jeep tipped over on its side, finally coming to rest with the tow truck driver still inside; Thankfully, he was OK
When they came back down again, the Jeep tipped over on its side, finally coming to rest with the tow truck driver still inside; Thankfully, he was OK

When they came back down again, the Jeep tipped over on its side, finally coming to rest with the tow truck driver still inside; Thankfully, he was OK

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