A morning commute can be boring but every once in a while, something happens to make it the highlight of your day. Like, you know, seeing a car dangling off a bridge from a string like Spiderman left it there for safe keeping.
Shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday, Toronto police got a call that there was a car hanging from the Millwood Overpass Bridge in the east end of the city. No one was in the car and it definitely wasn’t the result of a terrible accident. Officials originally speculated that the display could be part of a movie shoot, but no permits were issued for the area and no movie studio has claimed the stunt.
Police: Right lane blocked on southbound Don Valley Parkway at Millwood Road due to car dangling from Millwood Bridge. pic.twitter.com/mmmz19fGRA
— CP24 (@CP24) May 2, 2018
Media Relations Officer Jenifferjit Sidhu told Buzzfeed that the car – which looks like a blue sedan — had been emptied out with no licence plate or engine and the area below was cordoned off with caution tape before the police arrived.
“One thing I can say is: it was done very skillfully,” she said.
So the police had no idea what was going on and a few hours later, when Mayor John Tory addressed reporters, authorities were still baffled.
“I have no idea, I just don’t know,” Tory said after floating the movie theory and the possibility it was a prank, “I shouldn’t speculate because I have no idea what that’s all about. Might have just been an accident—I don’t know.”
Late in the morning, police cut down the car, resulting in this fascinating video. So thaaat’s what all those Fast and Furious movies would look like in real life.
The moment fire crews cut down the dangling car from the Millwood Bridge. Like a scene out of a movie. pic.twitter.com/joUmMmDsDp
— Momin Qureshi (@Momin680NEWS) May 2, 2018
The leading theory Thursday morning is that the stunt was a student graduation prank, however, several Toronto universities have denied having any known involvement. Toronto police are irritated at the resources tied up in containing and investigating the situation, but they have put a forensics team on it to get to the bottom of what’s going on.
In the meantime, Twitter seems to have answers. From Spiderman to an art installation, people were pumping out the theories.
⚡ “No one knows why this mysterious car was dangling off a bridge 🤔”
Isn’t it obvious? Spider-Man caught some bad guys and left them hanging in their car for the police to come and arrest them, but they must have jumped out and got away.https://t.co/uVGDabX3bt pic.twitter.com/XSZzCsTj5N
— UltraPrimal (@UltraPrimal) May 2, 2018
— IceNineCarl 🇬🇧 (@IceNineCarl_) May 2, 2018
1. How did someone manage to tie a burned out car to a frequently-used bridge and NO ONE SAW THEM DO IT
2. Will the witch who did this please be my friend https://t.co/twAIvAQIlT
— Anne Thériault (@anne_theriault) May 2, 2018
Please let this be an art installation
— Treehugger Magee (@treehuggermagee) May 2, 2018
A desperate attempt to escape Toronto gridlock?
— robshaerphoto (@robertshaer) May 2, 2018
LOL. I used my Jedi powers to levitate it into position. pic.twitter.com/bkhEWf5N7q
— Colin Hung (@Colin_Hung) May 2, 2018
The Gods Must Be Crazy 2018 remake?
— Steve Truttmann (@Steve_of_Ottawa) May 2, 2018
While the dangling car bit is a first for Toronto, it’s actually happened in other cities before. A Vancouver Sun reporter pointed out that 18 years ago, engineering students at the University of British Columbia pulled the same stunt. Hmmm.
University of B.C. Engineering students did something similar 18 years ago. They used to do an annual #prank and this one was hanging a VW Beetle from the SkyTrain bridge to New West. pic.twitter.com/HugKIMvTy3
— Kevin C. Griffin (@KevinCGriffin) May 2, 2018
Whatever happened, it honestly made for a much-needed break from the Trump news.