Four ambulances, a fire truck, multiple law enforcement officers and several emergency responders raced to a property in southwest Missouri after a receiving a call a possible plane crash on Monday. But instead, they found a man washing his jet-powered semi truck named ‘Shockwave’. Owner Neal Darnell’s neighbors had called 911 on Monday afternoon after hearing the loud noise and seeing smoke over their tree line in Springfield. As they were new to the area, the neighbors were unaware that he owned the monster vehicle, which can reach 376 miles per hour.
When they heard the tremendous sound, he was washing the vehicle after it raced on a dirt course last week, the Springfield News-Leader reported. To wash the 36,000-horsepower truck, Darnell has to use its jet engines, which causes a lot of noise and white smoke. ‘We do it from time to time and it will usually generate a couple of 911 calls, but today for some reason it brought out a whole army of emergency vehicles,’ Darnell said. ‘And I hate that because they have better things to do than come out here.’ But he added that he doesn’t blame the neighbors for being concerned – and the neighbors said next time they’ll know better. A Greene County sheriff’s deputy told the newspaper that no citations were issued and that the 911 callers had acted in good faith because they believed someone might be in danger. Darnell gave the first responders a tour of his truck along with an apology for wasting their time. He said they were good-natured when they realized the mix up. Darnell has owned the vehicle for about five years and said he takes it to truck shows across the country, where it does things like setting stacks of cars on fire or racing fighter planes.