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This accident just happened about an 3 hours ago a block from my house at around 7pm. I was in my office when I heard and alarming train whistle, the sound of sheet metal bending, and then train brakes. What a bone chilling sound. I ran to the 240 and drove down the street to find a mid 80's 300sd still running, until the fuel ran out, and a man a few feet away standing next to a woman who just happened to be there to get him out of the car. He had a small cut on his head and a very deep, to the bone, cut on the top of his right wrist. It’s amazing how the EMT training I had over 10 years ago in high school bounces back like it was learned yesterday. I did a quick assessment of him and while I was checking him out I finally got his phone number out of him and made a phone call to his wife. That was fun. The sad thing is they live an hour or so away so now she has to drive here to get to him. Long story short, he should be alright and thank God he was in the car he was in and there was no one with him.
Here are some pics from the camera phone.
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The jack is still good.
Jon
 

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Wow... amazing pictures. The W126 took a licking and did its job! Glad no one was severely hurt. W126's are truly strong cars and this picture just proves once again I'd rather be in a W126 than an econo-box aluminum can.

Last week I was driving my 190E here in Poland when I saw a motorcyclist run a red light and t-boned into a new Audi TT. The motorcyclist literally fell under the car. I was the first one at the scene and had to yell at the female driver of the TT to turn off the car as she wanted to REVERSE with the man under her car.:eek: Just as you said, the training just comes back to you quickly... I was able to safely pull him out and amazingly the motorcyclist got up on his two feet although clearly in shock. I stayed at the scene until the paramedics came.
 

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Glad to hear the guy was alright. Too bad his vintage first aid kit was lost in the collision, or you could have done the honors!

What your two photos do not show is the burning heap of metal that was the derailed Amtrak train.
 

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1 hellova crash, this should be made a sticky showing how the 126 stacks up in crashes. People can add to the thread with other pics and vids, there are already 2 on youtube - the australian family and the 5th gear motorway test. There was a post a while back that showed a W126 with is back end sheared off or the other car was sheared in half, anyway someone may know of the thread.
 

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Glad the guy was OK,

Shame about the car, another lost.

I could use that jack...
I got one spare if you cant get one in Oz, no charge just postage.
 

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Damn that's crazy..
 

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Holy Crap!
The first picture didn't belie the extent of the damage. Glad the driver was OK. Give me a 126 or an Army Tank any day.

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I got an extra jack here in So Cal. Expect the tariff to Aus. to be directly detrimental to cost effectiveness.

You can have it for the postage, Came from a 450SEL barely used.
 

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The train tracks are always a good place to park!
 

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WOW! Did the train hit the 126 completely broad side, or was it hit more towards the back of the car? If so, I cannot believe that the man survived.
 

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The final, absolute, definitive, unarguable, reason to own a W126.
 

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The final, absolute, definitive, unarguable, reason to own a W126.
The W126 is truly a strong car, but with 25 years of safety advancements, I do wonder if today's safest cars are not a bit safer.

ie. an Audi A8. Audi is truly innovating today while MB no longer leads the bunch.
 

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I know someone owning a SMARTcar is shaking in their boots right about now..
Smart's are actually pretty safe cars and do well in all crash tests. Now, a small POS car like a Daihatsu or a Fiat 500 on the other hand...:rolleyes:
 

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The W126 is truly a strong car, but with 25 years of safety advancements, I do wonder if today's safest cars are not a bit safer.

ie. an Audi A8. Audi is truly innovating today while MB no longer leads the bunch.
I fear many of the innovations may have lead to the reduction in mass that is the benefit of the 126.
 

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OMG!! The 126 took a beating and saved the guys life!! I'm glad he's ok, feel bad we lost another 126.
 
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