The IIHS may have a new video player for its crash test video content, but we guarantee none of those clips are as terrifying as what Germany's ADAC has cooked up. Rather than capture the destructive forces of one or two cars involved in a low speed collision, ADAC upped the ante by involving three vehicles, one of which is a large truck barreling down on two parked cars at 43 miles per hour. Oh, and the parked cars are stopped right in front of a large object that has no intention of moving. You know, like a building.

The motive for this crash test isn't just a group of engineers having fun with large toys, but to demonstrate the force involved with a truck crashing at speed. ADAC wants to see Emergency Brake Assist systems made mandatory on large trucks, and this video certainly helps the company's cause.

Click past the jump for the carnage. The video is in German, so if you don't sprechen die sprache, click to 1:30 for the action. Also, be sure to keep watching for a demonstration of the Emergency Brake Assist system.


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      Dan Mikkelson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Remember this won't happen to you if you wear a high visibility jacket.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      TomF
      • 3 Years Ago
      “Hey that's not a dummy!” “Zis exhibit is closed!”
      Drakkon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Happened in St Louis. A family of 5 waiting in a line to get to the Six Flags amusement park. A dude in a dump truck that I think was on the cell phone. Gosh, that was 5 years ago or more and they still have the shrine along the highway.
      Nick Allain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Translation: Have you ever crushed an ant with your shoe? That's what happens to the people in what you're about to see.
      MachDelta
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe if people treated that three car gap in front of a semi as "the space where that truck could kill me" instead of "hey! a free spot to cut in!", we wouldn't need to legislate this kind of stuff.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MachDelta
        Couldn't agree more. You don't need to have a major in physics to know that something weighing 30 tons going 60mph doesn't stop as easily as the 2 ton car that cut infront of it can. Result is second only to a train collision in CARnage.
      fastalan
      • 3 Years Ago
      No, this is not a typical real accident because there will be no concrete wall on the middle of highway. Cars getting hit by an out of control truck or a bus would be pushed and flipping in all directions instead of being crushed in one direction. Search Youtube vidoe on a bus accident on Taiwan highway..
      FHP11
      • 3 Years Ago
      Interesting - However, both of those cars were very old - I would be interested to see a similar test with newer vehicles with better safety standards.
        Camaroman101
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FHP11
        even with newer cars i don't think the outcome wouldn't be much different
          TerryM
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Camaroman101
          maybe without that concrete wall instead of more cars on front of it, there would just be more bumper to bumper crashes instead of literally folding the first car in half because of that concrete wall
      Jonathan Arena
      • 3 Years Ago
      just another example of why german cars are the safest in the world.
        Todor
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Arena
        The green car is RENAULT - FRENCH and the red one is JAPANESE
      Soccer Mom
      • 3 Years Ago
      Always wear your seat-belt.
      Master Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its beautiful...total death and devestation. A Carnival of Carnage...
        CLASSIFIED
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Master Austin
        Doubt you'd be saying that if you were the one in the car... and if you're gonna try being poetic, at least get your spelling and grammar right.
      petrolsaveslives
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey, i bet those cars get like 40+ mpg though.... three words you need in your life if you value it : Big German Sedan
        cashsixeight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @petrolsaveslives
        werd homie. Only I'd say big german station wagons. :P
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @petrolsaveslives
        Im pretty sure no big german sedan would have survived an impact like that, and neither the driver.
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