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We can only guess how some of them happened
(the truth is often stranger than fiction)

Short of the accidents in the making -
(like this one shot by one lucky driver in Moscow, who barely evaded this incoming truck)

or this unknown CG simulation:

(original unknown)

...the following photographs document mostly the bizarre aftermath of car & truck accidents, when it's not as easy to guess what caused them. Sometimes even police can't figure out the truth.

We'll start with the most mysterious ones. Every one of them may be turned into a hair-raising story:

How do you end up being run over by a plane?

This was 2005 crash at Midway Airport in Chicago, where the airport is literally in the middle of a city, with no room (compared to O'Hare which has fields between the street and runways). In this case, the pilot decided to land during a snowstorm, hit a ton of snow on the runway and didn't have any time to stop before it was in the street. (more info)

What IS that thing, which totaled a nice bimmer?
(could be a promo for a movie, too) update: "The World is Not Enough" James Bond movie actually.

I'm sure there is a background story behind this unfortunate incident. After all you don't get your car totaled by a rolling concrete ball every day:

A steel wrecking ball came off its cable and rolled down a hill into the middle of a small town in Pennsylvania. (more info)

Thwarted by a cannon (in the middle of a busy street!) -

(photo credit: Ladyshkin)

other unknowns -

At least this accident has a known history:

(photo by Douglas Tesner)

Place: Gallup, New Mexico. An unidentified member of the tow truck company called to remove a truck from the overpass sits dangerously under the truck as he attempts to get a strap under it.

Wrapped, squashed, and otherwise totaled:

This one already is a classic, still the story did not surface about it:

All that remains... and that's not much:

A dubious honor of being squashed by the world's biggest motorbike:

Totally sunk

Battling the elements: flash floods, sink holes, trees felled by a strong wind:

Digging out your car after a snowstorm in Yakutsk, Russia:

Acrobatic Parking

There is a deep sewer hole right under this nice car:

These accident photos were sent to us by Ricardo Jara from Vina del Mar, Chile:
(nobody was hurt)

A bad day for the big shiny car on the right. For the car on the left, it's probably business as usual -

The road seems to be too small:
(can accident photography be stylish? judge for yourself here - work by Arnold Odermatt)

(images credit: Arnold Odermatt)

London buses are too big for their own good

This incident happened just recently; here is a background story:
"The route is a recognized diversion route and drivers know to drive straight through the middle. This one however chose to go in the left lane" -

Some trucks can handle overload, others - can't

(image credit: christograd)

The worst is when your overload SHIFTS in the wrong direction:

Such loads require some ingenuity to assemble:

Wrecks which refuse to die:

Accidents waiting to happen:

Accidents as... toys: sold only to aspiring bad drivers - to hone their skills of failing in a spectacular way.




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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Beemer trashed by the saws is a prop/promo from the bond film "the world is not enough"

Blogger The Anti-Jihadist said...

The Southwest Airlines 737 photos are from an accident that took place in December 2005.

From Wikipedia:
Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 (WN1248, SWA1248) was a scheduled passenger flight from Baltimore-Washington International Airport to Chicago Midway International Airport. On December 8, 2005, the airplane slid off the runway while landing in a snowstorm and crashed into automobile traffic, killing Joshua Woods, a 6-year old boy in a car.

URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southwest_Airlines_Flight_1248

There were no other fatalities.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The black and white photographs in section "The road seems to be too small" are by swiss policeman Arnold Ordenmatt (born 1925) who's job was to take photograps of the aftermath of car accidents. His keen sense of composition and impeccable technique has earned him a place among "serious" photographers and his prints are widely available for sale. "James Kelly Contemporary" in Santa Fe is just one of the galleries where his work is now exhibited and for sale.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ball in the back of the car is actualy a wrecking ball that fell off a crane and rolled down the street.

Story here.

Blogger Avi Abrams said...

Fantastic work by Arnold Ordenmatt!

Blogger SidusNare said...

The BMW cut in half is from a James Bond movie. The metal contraption was used in the movie to trim trees from a helicopter. dunno if they are real.

Anonymous Pieter-Jan said...

The BMW is indeed from a Bond movie, it's a real BMW and they really cut it in half.

Anonymous lImbus said...

The picture with the roundabout-sign must be in luxemburg or france next to it, and might be staged, since the ad-panel promotes some driving licenses. I might be wrong tho.

Two pictures below, the car squeezed between pole and train must have happened in paris or close to it, ratp is the paris dept. train.

Anonymous Peer said...

This picture http://lh5.google.ca/abramsv/R7OtrqoD1sI/AAAAAAAAIYE/Y39gzesmAeE/s1600-h/1030.jpg

takes place in Belgium, and was taken because the panel the car stands on is an advertisement for a driving school.

Anonymous Ken said...

The majority of these images were taken in the less civilized parts of the world.. Doesn't surprise me one bit, since pretty much the only trucks I saw were MAZ, VAZ and KAMAZ models. The drivers of these trucks are never sober behind the wheel.


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