If you are a “Dukes of Hazzard” fan, this video we’re going to share with you is a must watch! The Dukes featured tons of memorable jumps during the seven seasons it was on the air. One of our favorites is the jump over the train in the episode “Granny Annie.” We’ve recently come across a behind the scenes video of that particular jump and it turns out; there is quite the story behind it. The jump itself was filmed in Oxnard, California. Stuntman Allan Wyatt Jr. (who passed away in 2012) was behind the wheel of the General Lee for this jump.
In the video, Allan says the jump went perfect, just as planned. “By the time I hit the ramp, I was pulling almost 80 miles per hour. I thought I was in an airplane, I went, ‘Oh my God.’ I was about 30 feet in the air. The car starts coming down and when I hit, I went, ‘Phew, thank God.’ It was a tough landing,” says Allan. However, the landing and short time after didn’t. When the Charger hit the ground, Allan realized the landing had completely killed the brakes.
To make matters worse, the police started letting traffic through instead of keeping the road closed. This meant Allan had no brakes and had traffic coming straight towards him! To avoid killing anybody, including himself, Allan decided to plant the General Lee into the back of a 10 ton truck parked on the shoulder. The impact moved the truck about four feet and pushed the hood up through the windshield of the car. Crazy! This is a must watch!