steel/concrete barrier stops truck in its tracks

texasTesting at Texas A & M: steel/concrete barrier to protect government buildings

Ever wonder what happens when a truck slams into a steel pipe and concrete barrier at 50 mph?

The folks at the Texas A & M Transportation Institute show exactly that in this recent video.

This is a test of a new barrier system meant to protect U.S. embassies and other facilities around the world from terrorist attacks. It shows what happens when a 15,000-lb. truck crashes into a protective barrier at 50 mph.

The 42-inch-tall, 15-foot-long pipe barrier is made of steel and concrete and is anchored in a concrete foundation 18 inches thick.