December 11, 2018 12:30 am

Dog leaps from open car window in Australia tunnel, brings traffic to halt

WATCH: Video of a dog that jumped out of a car window in an Australia tunnel underscores the dangers of keeping windows open for pets in moving vehicles.


A dog in Australia gave its owners a fright when it leaped from the open window of a car travelling through a tunnel in east Melbourne.

The terrifying moment happened Dec. 2 in the Mullum Mullum tunnel, which passes under Australia’s Mullum Mullum Valley.

Video shows the dog slide into a second lane of traffic after jumping from a vehicle, bringing the surrounding cars to a halt.

READ MORE: Photo of dog being towed on open trailer in Calgary sparks investigations

Story continues below

One oncoming car actually swerves to avoid the animal before coming to a stop.

EastLink, the company that operates the Mullum Mullum tunnel, said in a statement to Global News that if drivers “had not been so patient and skilled, the incident could have been much worse.”

Douglas Spencer-Roy, a spokesperson for EastLink, said it’s the first time they’ve ever seen a dog jump from a vehicle in the tunnel. But he said small Kangaroos or wallabies native to the Mullum Mullum Valley will sometimes “take a peek at the tunnel portals.”

Traffic, the company said, was moving at about 80 kilometers an hour when the dog vaulted through the car’s window.

WATCH: Woman and her dog rescued from submerged car

READ MORE: Dog owner has angry outburst at pair who retrieved his dog from inside hot vehicle

EastLink also warned drivers against keeping their windows open for their pets.

Traffic was reportedly held-up for several minutes as the owners rounded up the wayward animal and ushered it back into the vehicle.

Spencer-Roy declined to say whether police were investigating the incident.

© 2018 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Report an error


Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first.