Tractor falls into frozen river while clearing snow in China

This is the dramatic moment a tractor fell into a river that had frozen over during cold winter weather in China.

The driver was reportedly clearing the area of snow when the ice gave way beneath the heavy vehicle in Zhaodong City in Heilongjiang province on December 8.

Shocking footage shows the moment the thin ice collapsed, causing the tractor to plunge into the freezing water below.

The man could later be seen swimming up and slipping on the surface while trying to stand up. He managed to escape with his life, but the tractor sank in the river.