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NEWS RELEASE · 26th April 2010
Terrace RCMP
The crash testing in Terrace came to a close on Saturday. The dynamics of Friday’s testing included vehicles tumbling on asphalt, tumbling off the asphalt to grass areas and tumbling into other vehicles. Spectacular video documentation and digital imaging captured every aspect of the crashes. This type of experimentation has only been imagined in the past and became a reality for everyone who attended this crash testing project in Terrace.

The collision between the two vehicles was something new. The organizers decided to leave one of the crashed vehicles in place off the track and tumble a second vehicle into it. They weren’t sure what to expect or what data they might obtain from the crash. The result was an incredible collision, which provided dynamics nothing like you've ever seen before!!!

Participants in the project are elated with the results of the testing. Never before have these Forensic Crash Investigators had the opportunity to stage, execute, capture and document such incredible actual collisions. While the dynamic testing, in other fields of collision investigation conducted in the past, has assisted in the field of Collision Reconstruction, the event in Terrace has been World Class. Even the automotive engineers at the test site are surprised at the level and complexity in the variety of the thirty-two (32) crashes created this week. Mike MacNabb, an automotive engineer with Innovative Vehicle Testing, in British Columbia, stated, “The testing conducted this week, is second to none internationally. They have really outdone themselves.”

The new Officer In Charge of “E” Division Traffic Services, Acting Superintendent Diack attended the testing in Terrace, providing an opportunity from him to participate and understand the project goals. While police work is built on partnerships with the community, he expressed his amazement at the blend of multi-faceted agencies and level of commitment shown by all participants in the project. The comradery and familiarity all the collision investigators, from across Canada had with one another, along with their ability to work together, share ideas and execute the incredible number of tasks required in this project, was phenomenal.

The overall results of this collision testing will provide the Collision Recontructionists with more than new data for analysis. It will establish the ability to prepare a scientific article on tumbling vehicles, which may be published internationally. It will further provide new material for public safety messages. In a number of crashes, dummies were placed in the vehicles, both with and without seat belts. The occupant kinetics in these crashes were incredible to watch and provided a new perspective on the actual collision dynamics. Hopefully, some of the crash documentation can be used to educate those to feel they don’t need to wear a seat belt.

The next steps in this process is to correlate, interpret and analyze the data collected in this incredibly unique testing project. Once analyzed, one or more scientific articles will be prepared for distribution and publishing to Collision Reconstruction experts internationally. The project processes and results will then be examined to determine if further testing is required and if so, what should be included in future projects.