This 4x4 got launched into the air by a snowbank

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This is the shocking moment a 4x4 is launched onto its side after hitting a snow bank.

In footage recorded in an unknown area of Russia, a Lada Niva can be seen speeding down the inside lane of a highway.

It's unclear whether the driver is travelling down an open lane or if it's the hard shoulder, but either way they're travelling fast in the snowy conditions.

As the Lada passes another vehicle, the snow bank begins to intrude on the road. The driver is unable to stop in time and ploughs into the obstacle, which causes the 4x4 to roll onto its side.

The car it had just passed has no time to take avoiding action and lightly clips the crashed Lada.

It is unknown if the occupants suffered any injuries or if the police charged the driver over the incident.