Instapundit linked to this, but I do work at a couple of mines that use the Cat 797 haul truck – payload capacity:  400 tons.

Note that the center axle height on that haul truck is about equal to the roof of the cab of a pickup truck. If a haul truck runs over a pickup, the haul truck driver might very well not NOTICE.

And the highest point on the remains of the pickup will be about 18″.

That’s a Cat 785. Its payload is less than half that of the 797.

That’s why they make you take a special “In Pit” driving class.  Pretty much everything in the pit is bigger than you, and can ruin your whole day.

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