Somehow this really happened.
Car accidents happen on a daily basis. Some are far more serious than others. Whilse most people will get away with a minor fender bender on the other end of the scale is this shocking crash involving the latest generation Honda Civic Type R. In short, it was sliced in half. The video shot by a passerby proves this really happened.
The crash took place in Denver, Colorado a few days ago and, fortunately, everyone inside survived. Thank modern-day safety technologies. The owner/driver commented on the video with a description as to what happened. A young couple was driving when they were suddenly T-boned by an older driver who went through an intersection.
The impact was powerful enough to thrust the hot hatch into a pole and subsequently divided it into two. The two halves then came to a full stop on the nearby sidewalk. Just imagine, for a moment, the experience the two passengers had and their post-accident shock.
Looking at the video, we can see the vehicle split behind the rear doors. There were no backseat passengers. It's a good thing there weren't because, otherwise, they very likely wouldn't have walked away. This could have been fatal. The front seat passengers suffered only minor injuries, as did the elderly driver who caused this debacle.
Needless to say, the Civic is totaled. It's possible some parts could be salvaged, such as the engine, but that's about it. New cars are designed to handle a huge variety of accidents because crazy things happen. Automakers spend significant amounts of money annually on safety tech development, crash tests, and everything in between.
Take Toyota, for example. A few years ago it decided to invest some $1 billion over a five-year period to develop driver assistance systems that utilize AI. Chances are its longtime rival Honda earmarked a similarly sized budget. And as we can clearly see here, the investment paid off.