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Head on collision at interstate speed

Jennifer was driving home from work last night... she's bruised but will be ok. Details of the crash... Car hydroplaned at approx 60-65mph on the bridge over the Manatee River on Interstate 75 in the far left of 3 lanes. Car fishtailed and swung left to hit the inside bridge barrier wall head on hard enough to deploy 2 airbags and then hydroplaned backwards across all 3 lanes of traffic coming to rest backwards in the right emergency lane. Engine still worked and car was moved to the nearest safe parking lot after being checked out by the fire department. Not sure on it's status pending insurance claim stuff.... but the car saved her life last night... twice at once... 6 inches or a foot higher on the center of gravity and I'm pretty sure the car would have gone over the railing to the river 70 feet below. She'll drive a smart for as long as I can get one for her.
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Wow. Buy a great bottle of something special, and say a toast to superb engineering and crazy brilliant luck.
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Wow. Buy a great bottle of something special, and say a toast to superb engineering and crazy brilliant luck.
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I'm so glad Jen is OK! The little guy did it's job. Hopefully you'll be up and running soon!
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Held up quite well for that. And i like the dragon on the door. haha
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Good to hear that Jennifer is ok and hopefully no too traumatised by the event. The car itself did the job that a lot of people don't believe it's capable of and that is protect it's passengers in situations like this. From the image it looks totally repairable but can't say for sure without seeing the frame behind the busted panels.
This is a good reassuring story. Thank you and speedy recovery.
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Glad to read it's just bruises, and thanks for sharing.

Take care and be safe!
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Car was totaled this morning by the insurance without even looking to see repair cost.
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Maybe there are some things worth salvaging or using on your next 'life-saver'.
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Wow ... amazing good fortune and car-selection abilities. Despite how she may feel now, Jennifer should definitely take it easy for a few days as injuries from these kinds of events are known to pop up after the adrenaline of the moment subsides.
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