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Dash Cam Video of Model S Narrowly Avoiding a Big Rig Crash

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by Princeton96, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. Princeton96

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    #1 Princeton96, Oct 21, 2013
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    Bay Area news was showing this dash cam video of a big rig crash on 101 last Friday. When you look closely, you'll see a silver Model S coming in the opposite direction that is almost crushed by the big rig. It swerves and runs over the debris, but came through ok. Looks like the car handled very well in the situation. Must have been terrifying for the driver.

    RAW: Dash camera video of spectacular big-rig crash | www.ktvu.com

    Moderators, please feel free to move this to a more appropriate section if it's in the wrong place.
     
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    brianman Burrito Founder

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    Great catch!

    Very nice work on the part of the Model S driver. I really hope we can get him to chime in on the forums somehow.
     
  4. EdA

    EdA Model S P-2540

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    He (the Model S) ran over something pretty substantial, what no fire/explosion? :)
     
  5. Kipernicus

    Kipernicus Model S Res#P1440

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    GG, this was right on your commute in RWC! Did you get stuck in traffic Friday morning?
     
  6. Right_Said_Fred

    Right_Said_Fred Model S - Sig. 283 EU

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    Was that on the HOV-lane? Not the safest lane in this case.

    The Model S sustained quite some damage - looks like he drove over a big piece of concrete (or a tire) - but the car held up well and allowed the driver to still keep control.
     
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    That could have been me in slightly different circumstances. A few weeks ago, a virtually identical accident happened on my commute where a big rig coming in the opposite direction crashed through the concrete barrier into my lanes just like in this video. In my case, I was about a minute behind the accident, so all I got for my trouble was sitting in stopped traffic looking at the mess the truck had made.
     
  8. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    Perhaps they'll even have a cam.

    Careful, or you'll never get a "we appreciate you" letter :biggrin:
     
  9. rolosrevenge

    rolosrevenge Dr. EVS

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    Some serious quick reflexes there. I hope he tells us what happened to his car.
     
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    Wow.... Hope no one got seriously hurt. The Model S driver is a really good driver to avoid even greater damage to his/her S with some great defensive maneuvers.
     
  11. liuping

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    I hope he's okay off screen. It looks like the car is still oscillating as it leaves the frame. Who knows what sort of damage it took, whatever it hit is was big.

    This reinforces my desire for having a Dash cam installed. I wish there was a factory option, but barring that, I need to find a good installer in the San Diego area...
     
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    Wowser! I think it looked like the S's driver side tire blew from that debris. Probably had to clean his seat too!
     
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    Definitely looks like the model s lost its tire, but hard to tell for sure. I'm glad they got through safely!
     
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    WOW!
    When that model s came out of the dust it looked like something out of fast and furious movies
     
  15. planemechanic

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    I drove past that accident scene and saw the Model S getting loaded onto a flatbed tow truck. I was going southbound on 101, the truck was going northbound. I normally drive in the fast lane, but I was probably 20 minutes or more away when it happened. What a mess.
     
  16. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    There are metal plates and telltale black marks on that stretch of the divider now.

    Scary stuff. Something that traffic on the other side would have had no way to prepare for.
     
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    That is an amazing video. Why have I not seen this before?
    wow
     
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    Tesla being awesome isn't news? ;)
     
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    Thank you so very much for the link, that guy makes excellent and entertaining videos, especially those about kitchen gadgets were hilarious! And that camera looks like the real deal too. :)
     

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