Six young people died at about 2 this morning on the A607 just south-west of Melton Mowbray. This is where it was. It was a bend of about 45 degrees on a 40mph double white-lined single carriageway road.
Bizarrely, one of the father’s blames the police for confiscating his son’s car as he was driving without insurance – so we can tell the standards of responsibility existing there! Fair play to the coppers, keeping wrongdoers off the roads.
Anyway, The damage to the car looked excessive so I’ve decided to do some research.
The car was a Mondeo and there are some car safety tests called Euro NCAP that just happen to have a picture of the effect of a head-on crash with a stationery object at 40mph! (It’s a standard test) 40mph was the limit on that road.
That’s the first picture here, from the website page https://www.euroncap.com/tests/ford_mondeo_2001/97.aspx
The second picture is the actual smashed up Mondeo on the back of a tow-truck.
This next link, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7499374.stm, is to a news report of the scene before the road was cleaned up.
It says that the wagon driver’s tacho chart showed him to be okay so he was released after his arrest.
Also, a local says at the end of the video, that no-one sticks to the speed limits…..
In comparison, this third picture is of a Honda Civic that rapidly decelerated after hitting a tree at 105mph. This website, https://www.car-accidents.com/pages/accident_story/12-21-04.html, tells the story.
It’s an interesting exercise to compare and contrast the three pictures, the two known speeds and the “unknown” speed of the teenager’s car in the middle.
It’s not rocket science really.
Perhaps now would be a good time to roll out the mandatory fitment of tachos (or their equivalent) in ALL vehicles – certainly to record the speeds over the previous minute, and preferably over the whole previous day, just like lorry drivers do day in and day out.
As this lorry driver for Christian Salvesens’s has shown here, tachos can actually prove that things aren’t your fault!