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Watch: Viral video shows vehicles getting stuck in a Rochester parking lot

Watch: Viral video shows vehicles getting stuck in a Rochester parking lot

A group of Rochester friends are behind a viral video showing vehicle after vehicle trying — and failing — to make their way out of the snow amid this weekend’s blizzard conditions.

The video, recorded by Kelsey Saladin, Rachel Hoverstad and Hanwen Wong, has been viewed more than 8 million times since being posted to Facebook Sunday afternoon. It has been shared by over 125,000 people.

Watch the video above / courtesy Kelsey Saladin

Aptly titled, “The parking lot has been entertaining today,” the video is a series of clips chronicling the efforts of neighbors trying to power their way through what turned out to be around a foot of snow. Just about all the vehicles, including a tow truck, wound up stuck in the parking lot.

The friends documented the entire ordeal from the window of their southeast Rochester apartment — adding in entertaining quips along the way. At various points, Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” can be heard playing in the background.

Saladin told us she originally uploaded the material to her personal Snapchat just for her friends to see. She then put it on Facebook, but only because some other friends and family had requested to see it.

What happened next, she never expected.

“It's definitely crazy, getting contacted by so many people and the constant notifications,” said Saladin. “I've just been trying to keep focused on studying and passing all of my graduate school midterms this week.”

You can view Saladin’s original post here.

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