Driver Shares Eerie Video Of Dozens Of Cars Abandoned On Florida Roadside

Source: TikTok John Asbury

A Florida driver recently captured the attention of TikTok users with a video showcasing a peculiar sight: a road lined with abandoned cars. The footage, which has since gone viral, reveals a collection of vehicles in pristine condition, including some enviable models like a Ford Super Duty Truck.

Mystery Around Abandoned Cars

The abandoned cars are illegally parked and surprisingly, none of them have any tickets. Curiosity surrounding this mystery prompted the TikTok user, John Asbury, to share the video with his followers in hopes of unraveling the enigma.

Source: Google Maps / TikTok John Asbury

As the video gained traction, TikTok’s amateur detectives began speculating about the origins of these abandoned cars. Some theories were more outlandish, suggesting the area was a portal or even an alien abduction site.

Some of the Cars Were New

Even more remarkable is the fact that some of the cars that were parked on the road appeared to be relatively new, with some even in pristine condition. There were two and four door cars, tractor trailers, and even a BMW lingering abandoned on the side of the road.

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It’s a sight reminiscent of apocalypse movies, where people are forced to flee and abandon their cars when presented with an unstoppable force. The iconic opening of AMC’s The Walking Dead took advantage of this trope, with the outgoing freeway from Atlanta piled up with dozens upon dozens of cars. Could these cars on the side of a Florida road be the early signs of a zombie apocalypse?

Trucker Community

However, others proposed more plausible explanations. One commenter suggested that the cars may have been snowed in during winter and are still awaiting retrieval. Another speculated that the spot could serve as a parking area for people who carpool together.

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The truck driving community on TikTok shed light on the situation. The Florida Homeowners Association (HOA) has strict regulations regarding where trucks can be parked. These drivers are prohibited from parking their trucks near their homes, so they leave them on Tank Road and commute in their personal vehicles.

Homeowner Association Interference

Florida HOA rules allow for organizations to enforce strict rules regarding parking, particularly in neighborhoods. While there is some gray area regarding public roads and spaces, the strict guidelines have many people, understandably, cautious about parking somewhere they might get a ticket. Hence the parking arrangement on Tank Road.

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In the video, it also appeared that the road was being used for more than mere parking. The original poster, who identified himself as John Asbury, pointed out that it appeared that garbage was being dumped on the corner of this road as well. The curiosity regarding both the trash and the cars filtered through into the comments, and the video commentary.

Going The Extra Mile

Upon closer inspection, it became apparent that some of the trucks and cars had been left there for an extended period, as they were surrounded by overgrown grass. To delve deeper into the mystery, one TikToker went the extra mile and spoke to locals in the area.

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They discovered that Tank Road essentially functions as a large parking lot for the community. Additionally, some truckers embark on jobs that last weeks or even months, leaving their regular cars behind and necessitating the use of Tank Road as a temporary storage space.

Deeper Dive Into the Rules

Further conversation with locals revealed that many people are aware of the use of the road as a so-called “local parking lot.” Florida HOA rules allow neighborhood associations to not only determine which cars can be parked and where, but also for how long. Some neighborhoods have rules so strict as to only allow cars to be parked in a single spot for 24 hours.

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This particular restriction offers an explanation for why some of the cars appeared to have not been moved for weeks or months. For some cars, they’re simply not allowed to be parked in the driveway of a home depending on rules, and not everyone has room in their garage to park their car.

An Education on Florida Geography

Some of the commenters on the video offered a deeper explanation, as well as some education on Florida geography. The road in question, according to locals, is one that borders Polk and Osceola counties in the state. Different counties have different rules for parking and other municipal guidelines, offering an explanation for the lax parking rules.

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Even the local law enforcement is aware of the situation. When presented with the video, Brian Bruchey of the Polk County Sheriff’s office stated that he couldn’t determine on sight if the road was Tank Road or not. If it was, though, the cars were parked on the Osceola side of the county line, removing the parking situation from their jurisdiction.

Differing Opinions on the Cars

The sheriff did go on to state that even if there was a “situation” regarding the parking, his office hadn’t received any complaints about it. The use of public space for parking is a small issue in the grand scheme of things, though some of the commenters in the Tiktok video disagreed.

Source: Tiktok/johnasbury

One commenter stated that the road itself was a mess, given how it bordered the two county lines, and another went further to inform other commenters that there was a school nearby. With over 100,000 views on the video and thousands of comments, it’s inevitable for there to be dissenting opinions on what to do about the situation.

The Logic

While the explanation may lack the excitement of alien abductions, it provides a sense of relief to know that there is a logical reason behind the abandoned cars.

Source: TikTok John Asbury

The TikTok video and subsequent discussions not only brought attention to this peculiar sight but also showcased the power of social media in solving mysteries and connecting communities.

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