The massive number of safety devices, explosives, electronics and construction materials in modern cars means that extricating someone from a wrecked vehicle is no longer just a matter of a Sawzall and twelve minutes. Carmakers work with first responders so that the men and women who save lives can actually figure out how to get to the lives in question without doing further damage to the people inside or themselves.

And that's apparently what's happening in the three videos below: Škoda gave rescuers in the Czech Republic a Superb, Octavia and Yeti to practice on, and the fire team used some heavy machinery to bash things up a bit before getting to work. We're not clear why they needed new models to practice on, so we're hoping that these cars were preproduction non-VIN vehicles that were destined for the crusher anyhow. The video isn't revelatory, it's just a behind-the-scenes look at how the people who help you help themselves first. You can watch it all in the videos below.








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      Yaser C. Hamud
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not very effective. We completely destroy a car with a Liebherr 904 in less than 2 minutes. It's heartbreaking to see a full car, sometimes brand new, being crushed by a 5-tyne grab.
      RWD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, the first video, that roof didn't stand a chance! That's a dubious rescue effort, I doubt any occupants are surviving that.
      SatinSheetMetal
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ah yes, "research".
      Phil B
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now THAT's how you demolish a car.....not by using a wimpy bat or sledgehammer like they do on college campuses.
      Hi
      • 2 Years Ago
      Because Evert Asbridge is driving the loader at IAA yard. FYI: Keep an eye on your inventory, IAA dealers. Evert Asbrige + Loaders = those pics.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have to admit, as a huge auto enthusiast myself, I usually have a hard time watching things like these. But since the vehicles used weren't really desirable, it was pretty entertaining. Like using your favorite Street Fighter character to destroy that Lexus LS on the arcade as a kid :) http://imnotatoy.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/street-fighter-ii-ryu-bonus-stage1.png
        Colin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Yes they were desirable! It looked like plain vandalim to me. What a total waste of three good cars. I'm sure there are enough real-time accidents to use for research. Not loving Skoda now.
          Rob
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Colin
          They were pre-production and testing models (called the zero series), so they would end in a crusher anyhow...
      David
      • 2 Years Ago
      My heart was crying while I was watching this video(( I love Skodas and these new cars.. It's unfair!
      Brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those were hard to watch, especially the first video. That Skoda Superb was a damn nice car before they started and it was all wheel drive, too. I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't have a manual transmission too making it even more tragic that they destroyed it like they did. Even if the cars were never intended to be titled, it still pains me to see them destroyed like that.