‘Plane Crash’ Turns Out To Be A Jet-Propelled Semi Truck’s Bath
An airplane crash is very serious business. There is a combination there of high speed, high altitude, and flammable fuel that makes any emergency response a large-scale action.
That is why, after receiving a call that claimed that a plane had crashed on a Missouri farm, Greene County’s emergency vehicles turned out in force, with four ambulances, three deputies, a few highway patrol officers, a firetruck, and a few other assorted vehicles converging on the farm.
The only problem was that it wasn’t a plane crash – it was just the caller’s neighbor washing his jet-engine-propelled semi truck.
The truck is called the Shockwave, and it is owned by Springfield, Missouri, resident Neal Darnell, who (along with his son) takes it and two other jet-propelled (pickup) trucks to shows across the country, where they perform stunts like setting stacks of cars on fire and racing fighter planes.
Part of the cleaning process of this behemoth involves firing up the engine, which creates some very loud noise and a huge cloud of white smoke (which his neighbors mistook for a plane crash).
No citations were issued once emergency responders discovered the truth, since the callers honestly believed that there was a danger, so, after a friendly exchange with Darnell, the responders departed.
“The cops thought it was cool,” Darnell said.