Four people have died as a car became airborne and hit a tree at Pyalong, Victoria, Australia. The crashed car is in the rearground having left the road and hit a tree.
I think this officer of Victoria Police is onto something.
(a) Running the front of a car into something brings into play all the design features intended to absorb impact.
(b) BUT in this case the vehicle roof has hit the tree meaning that none of the front-impact design helps. Assistant Commissioner of Victoria Police, Robert Hill: “It has struck … the commencement of a wire road barrier. It then travelled airborne for some distance and then has crashed into a tree after rolling.” “The roof of the vehicle has actually struck the tree.”
(c) Why does a car become airborne?
(d) By the path of the markers the left hand side of the vehicle would have run up the termination of the wire rope “safety” barrier where it meets its anchor.
(e) We shouldn’t be building “ramps” like this beside rural roads.