Driver risks life attempting to traverse frozen Chinese river to avoid 50p toll bridge

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by HAP/Quirky China News/REX (3518797a) Car driving across the frozen 1km-wide Yellow River Person risks life driving car across 1km wide frozen river, Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China - 18 Jan 2014 A driver is seen endangering their life by attempting to drive across the frozen 1km-wide Yellow River in Ordos, Inner Mongolia. The sliver-colored car drove onto the ice at dusk and took 10 minutes to arrive at the opposite bank.

Amazing images have surfaced that reveal the lengths some hard-up motorists will go to in order to avoid toll costs.
> Aerial images from China depict one motorist's attempt to circumvent the 50p-£1 toll charges involved in crossing the 1km wide Yellow River by gingerly driving across the frozen surface.

Witnesses saw the unnamed male driver hesitantly creep from the bank of the river onto the frozen surface near Ordos, Inner Mongolia.

The driver decided he wasn't in any immediate danger, so floored the accelerator and continued the daring crossing.

According to onlookers, it took the fearless commuter around 10 minutes to make the 1km crossing and upon reaching land on the other side, he revved his engine and drove away delighting in the fact he saved himself the five to ten Chinese yuan (50p to £1) fee.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by HAP/Quirky China News/REX (3518797b) Car driving across the frozen 1km-wide Yellow River Person risks life driving car across 1km wide frozen river, Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China - 18 Jan 2014 A driver is seen endangering their life by attempting to drive across the frozen 1km-wide Yellow River in Ordos, Inner Mongolia. The sliver-colored car drove onto the ice at dusk and took 10 minutes to arrive at the opposite bank.


Residents of the local area have been feeling the pinch ever since the housing bubble burst in 2007 as Ordos saw a huge boom around 20 years ago when coal-mining companies flocked to the area to take advantage of the natural resources.

The city of Ordos is now a ghost town and any remaining residents have to put up with almost non-existent job prospects and winters that see the mercury rarely rise from the minus figures.