|A deadly encounter|
I got those pictures here from a reader in Belgium. His friend Jacques Gobert died in this crash on July 31, 2000 near the village of Bertrix in Belgium. I didn't change or resize anything so please forgive for the loading time.
Bertrand Lebrun sent me these pictures with explicit permission from the family to publish them. For our readers who understand french here's the genuine text of his mail:
Y a pas de quoi pour les photos,
j'avais promis à ses deux frères et amis que je ferais un
jour quelque chose, pour que la mort de Jacques puisse nous servir de
Let me translate this for our english readers.
Jacques came back from Libramont /Belgium and was on the 4-lane road near Bertix. Judging the different impacts he did 90-100 km/h when he hit a wild boar.
He hit the boar on the right lane (in Belgium there's right-hand trafic) and as the animal got trapped under the front axle it bent the steering link and the car veered to the left. It rubbed some metres against the central dividers which consists of 2 steel bands at about 1,5 metres distance. After this it broke the first divider which launched him in the air and over to the opposite side without even touching the second divider. As bad luck wished there was a small clearing in the exact axle of the sliding vehicle and so the car slithered in the woods where it hit a tree just at the height of the front bulkhead.
Some conclusions: The very first impact when he hit the boar smashed Jacques head on the upper part of the front windscreen, he was killed instantly. The windscreen frame was never found and the roof had opened like a tin can ripped up which confirms that the corpse was ejected through the roof.
- Jacques never wore a safety belt but the first impact would have knocked him out and the impact on the tree led to the same result.
- Mounting a skid plate or some sort of steering link protection is vital. If you think about it: a object impacting on that place invariably pulls the steering into the oncoming trafic without touching the swheel (this is also true for right-hand steering).