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A freak occurrence nearly had dire consequences when a herd of bison stampeded near Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
The Delle Chiae family were visiting the park—presumably from New York, judging by the accents—and hoped to a big bull moose in the area.
If they wanted to get close to nature, they certainly got their wish.
The video picks up just as the bison begin to stampede. As for what caused the panic, the people in the video seem to think it was another driver’s back-up alarm.
The “why” doesn’t really matter, though, when the herd starts roaring your way. The first few bison narrowly avoid the car, but a particularly large bull doesn’t bother moving around the car—and slams right into it.
The hood is basically destroyed, as is the windshield.
“There goes some money,” says the driver. Shame they didn’t bother paying for the insurance.
The real shame is that they didn’t really do anything wrong. I’m not sure they could’ve escaped. Turning around might have been just as dangerous.
So let this be a lesson: if you rent a car to visit a national park, go ahead and pay for the insurance.