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The car itself did end up relatively intact, but you or I can't deal with those decelaration forces very well and could suffer severe if not fatal injuries.
I am a serving Police Traffic Officer and have been to collisions where the car doesn't look too bad, but people are taken away in body bags.
In any crash where you come to a sudden stop over 50mph you risk tearing your Aorta, which is one of the main arterys that feed the heart. Outwardly not a scratch but game over.
( There may be a medical expert out there who can give better specific details but this is simple version as give to me by the Ambulance service)
Best bet is not to crash into the tree to start with.
Currently in Emily's dad's garage:
1999 Scenic RXE, now gone as has the Alhambra that replaced it !
Last edited by Emily's dad; 26th February 2008 at 05:45 PM.