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Old 01-07-2013, 12:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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R.I.P. My 2001 Camry

I was going up a bridge over the Mississippi River on Christmas Eve. There is a bonfire festival in my hometown where there are bonfires on the levees. The person I rear ended was going about 35 miles per hour and I suppose were viewing the fires. I looked to the right to look at the fires for about a second then looked ahead again and saw the vehicle traveling slowly at the last second. I locked up the brakes then hit the car just enough to bend their rear bumper. Then about a second later I was hit in the back by a truck going about 60 miles an hour which threw my car on to the guard rail and causing me to flip once and came back down on 3 wheels (my rear right wheel flew off of the bridge about another 110 feet down to the ground.) I then climbed out of my window (door wouldn't open) and stood by the central guard rail until help arrived. After I climbed out, another vehicle (another 4th gen camry) swerved to avoid my wreck and hit the truck that had just rear-ended me. Everybody involved including myself were fine, despite a few cuts and bruises. Here are some pics:
My car before the accident:

Rear:

Side:

Other side:

Front, engine caught fire.

Engine bay after the fire:

Interior, somehow my seat ended up in that position.

Another pic of the driver's side:

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Old 01-07-2013, 12:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow, you're lucky to be alive!! I'm glad you are well. Let us know what ends up happening with insurance and the next vehicle.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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HOLY SHIT. Glad you made it out of that and didn't have any passengers bro.....That's nuts!
I flipped my first camry once but had no where NEAR that amount of damage....
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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wow, great to hear you're OK...
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Glad to hear your OK man :-)
For what its worth your car did its job and died saving your life :-)
*Plays TAPS for fallen Camry who died valiantly in the line if duty saving his brother*

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Old 01-07-2013, 01:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Glad to hear your OK man :-)
For what its worth your car did its job and died saving your life :-)
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Yea haha I was thinking of taking it from the yard and bringing it to my friends deer lease and make a bonfire out of it lol. It would pay it great homage haha.
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WOW!... that right rear corner is messed up bad! Glad to hear you came out unscathed. Could've been a lot worse.
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The engine might be worth some money ...
Maybe take a closer look and see if anything got damaged.
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Now that there, is a write-off among write-off legends! Maybe what, part of one tail-light was undamaged? Holy Somoly, I'm glad you got out of that one OK! Thats one to write home about, and save the pictures to scare your kids, someday into driving as safe as they can. The Pick-up guy is just about as lucky as you, to not be charged with negligent homocide.

Once again, glad you came out in one piece, I think that "old farts" Camry, absorbed some pretty terrifying impacts to protect you alot better than some lesser cars could have.

That just sunk my idea of getting a Tercel or older Corolla, to drive around for work up here in Alberta, Canada. The land of giant SUV's and Diesel Pick-Up trucks.
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Glad you're okay. That is some serious damage. You probably won't be "attaached" to the next car you get.
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Wow you really are lucky. Usually the cars that look like that in the junkyard have "blood" written on the windshield and the people in them definitely weren't as fortunate. Good thing those Camry's are safe cars, they really do build them to smash into things.
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I'm glad you weren't hurt. RIP to your Camry.
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Damn...that was a hard hit, good to hear you are Ok.
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Glad you or anyone else wasn't hurt. That's the most important thing. Sorry, for the loss of your Camry though.
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It's an act of GOD you survived that dude!

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