Ice breaks under a car - level 3

Ice breaks under a car - level 3

12-02-2015 07:00

Three men had a lucky escape when their car plunged into an ice-cold freezing reservoir.

The men managed to climb out of their SUV moments before it sank into the ice water pool in Northeast China.

Witnesses said the Audi Q7 sped onto the frozen surface and drifted for a bit before its rear wheels suddenly broke through the ice. Within a matter of minutes, the whole car had gone underwater, but luckily, all three passengers, including the driver managed, to climb out of a window to safety.

Large crowds had gathered to watch, as local residents were also taking part in the opening ceremony of a local winter fishing festival at the same time as the accident.

The car was later pulled out of the water and no injuries have been reported.

Difficult words: plunge (to go underwater), reservoir (a man-made lake), SUV (sport utility vehicle – a high-performance four-wheel-drive vehicle), drift (to move slowly), within a matter of minutes (happening in a couple of minutes), safety (where you will not be hurt), rear (back), gather (to come together), opening ceremony (a special event at the start of a festival).


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