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Anatomy of an accident

By dudler  
I'm nto generally very good at stopping and photographing accidents, but it appears I did it once. I'd entirely forgotten these pictures, from around 1968.

The first picture really describes things well - the road junction, the closed-off main road, the tyremarks from the lorry's braking, and the rather bent Minivan, with glass all over the road. Would I do any better now?

Versions will show why the road was closed off, and a bit more detail.

Tags: Transport Lorry Accident Leek Jcb Minivan Mill Street-Church Street junction

Voters: ddolfelin, colijohn, CozPics and 42 more


bliba Plus
13 2 Austria
7 Aug 2017 9:39AM
great photo journalism

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rambler Plus
11 1.0k 17 England
7 Aug 2017 9:51AM
Excellent captures and historical record.

Owdman Plus
3 5 5 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2017 9:57AM
The road looks empty when compared to todays. That number plate would be worth a fortune and no doubt somebody is driving round with it at the moment! 1968? I was 18 and the old pictures, especially in black and white make it feel even longer ago. Great photographs.
Irishkate Plus
9 41 115 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2017 10:04AM
----- and the Learner driver probably thinking why am I doing this?
Kate Grin
Maiwand 12 3 73 England
7 Aug 2017 10:25AM
Lovely records.
7 Aug 2017 10:40AM
Those were the days John, hardly a car on the road. Still managed to have accidents though Smile

7 Aug 2017 10:48AM
Great series, it does make me feel a little old, I remember the sixties well, we had a car just like that Morris Traveller, very reliable it took four of us camping up and down many mountain passes in Europe in 1968, and never let us down.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2096 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2017 11:25AM
The main upload has a David and Goliath feel, except that David has definitely come off worse from the encounter.
optik Plus
10 15 1 England
7 Aug 2017 11:37AM
a great narrative to this John Grin
dudler Plus
16 973 1535 England
7 Aug 2017 11:48AM
And I suspect that David was at fault, assuming that the lorry would be turning left, rather than going straight ahead to collect rubble from the wall. The lorry is well over to the right, to go round the barrier... It pays to read the road and the 'body language' of other vehicles, as well as the signals!
Chinga Plus
9 3 1 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2017 12:14PM
Priceless journalism imagery! Hope nobody got seriously hurt...
Excellent work! Isabel GrinGrin
dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 598 England
7 Aug 2017 12:19PM
Being in the right placeat the right time helps.
Nothing changes, though given the lack of traffic it does make you wonder how it came to happen.

A couple of other things here.
I hate Ford Anglias, we had a history teacher who used to have one (I never took history Grin)
Unless the lorry had scrubbed off a lot of speed (given the tyre marks) I'm surprised that the damage to the Mini wasn't more as this was long before the days of crumple zones and side impact protection.
7 Aug 2017 1:23PM
Poor mini , wonderful piece of nostalgia . Viv
Excellent set
dudler Plus
16 973 1535 England
7 Aug 2017 2:27PM
I reckon that the Mini came out of the side turning on the left, assuming the lorry was going there, and not down the main road...

It's probably fair to designate the whole of the Mini as a crumple zone...
Daisymaye 11 23 16 Canada
7 Aug 2017 2:39PM
Well captured set John. Looks like all made it out alive, that's a good thing.
7 Aug 2017 3:12PM
it really blows me away how drivers going at snail speed, managed to collide on empty streets back in 1968
7 Aug 2017 4:42PM

Quote:it really blows me away how drivers going at snail speed, managed to collide on empty streets back in 1968

Poor brakes (relative to today) - no ABS so many drivers tended to lock the wheels and slid instead of stopping. The fact that there was far less traffic probably meant that drivers assumed the way was clear too often. Plus, one hundred other random reasons - does make you wonder though.

Good set - lovely piece of photo journalism.
dudler Plus
16 973 1535 England
7 Aug 2017 5:52PM
My take on it is that the Mini driver just turned out from the side street in front of the lorry, believing that the lorry was going to turn down the side street, because the road ahead of it was closed off - see the barrier in front of the Ford Anglia, and the 'Diversion' sign largely hidden behind two pedestrians and a dog.

Even now, if a car pulls out in front of a lorry, bad things happen...
SlowSong Plus
11 8.4k 30 England
7 Aug 2017 6:11PM
Hardly any traffic and they still have a collision! Grin
Nikonuser1 Plus
7 159 16 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2017 10:40PM
A great set of images John, takes me back to my days as a mini driver, no accidents though.!!! Great to see a JCb in the last two images, brings back some great memories for me GrinGrinGrin


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