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Three women, one boy dead after car hits trees
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Three women, one boy dead after car hits trees

Published: 09 Apr 2012 09:53 GMT+02:00
Updated: 09 Apr 2012 09:53 GMT+02:00

The group were driving down an empty road at around 9:30 pm in the Alzey-Worms area of the state, when for unknown reasons their BMW came off the road and hit two trees.

The impact left three women, aged 29, 33 and 39, and a 10-year-old boy dead. A 46-year-old man was taken to nearby Mainz university hospital with severe injuries. He is now fighting for his life, police said in a statement released during the night.

“The area is a disaster scene,” said police spokesman Gerd Fey.

Emergency service workers were at the scene of the crash until the early hours of Monday morning trying to clear the area, and the street has been blocked off.

An investigation is underway to figure out the cause of the accident.

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Your comments about this article

10:30 April 9, 2012 by lucksi
A shared two lane country road without crash barriers will have a speed limit of 70 or 100 at most. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that he was going wayyyyy faster than that due to how the car disintegrated.
23:18 April 9, 2012 by The-ex-pat
Perhaps this photo was taken after the emergency service cut the car body to small pieces to get the bodies of the people from the mangled wreck.

So they cut the car up and then spread it over a large area for added effect??????
23:36 April 9, 2012 by wood artist
@The-ex-pat

The damage looks like the car was pretty well shredded by the trees. I suspect that wasn't the result of victim extraction.

On the other hand, the article doesn't say one of the women was driving. That may be information available elsewhere, but let's not jump to the conclusion this was a woman driving while talking. The picture is apparently the rear end of the car, and the driver might be the guy...better protected than the passengers. Hard to know, but at least it doesn't say anything one way or the other in this story.

wa
07:20 April 10, 2012 by The-ex-pat
@The-ex-pat

The damage looks like the car was pretty well shredded by the trees. I suspect that wasn't the result of victim extraction.

You don't say!!!

It helps if you read all the thread and not just the last thing written before you make a comment.........................................
10:05 April 10, 2012 by zeddriver
As a petrol head and the driver of a sports car. One thing that I see in the photo. Is a very low profile tire. Which would lead me to believe that summer tires were mounted. And with the very cold temps a summer tire tends to get hard and doesn't have as much traction as when warm. Couple that with speed, Night, Rain? and a fully loaded car. And things can go very wrong very quickly.

All one can do now is prey for the families, And learn from the mistakes this driver made.
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