According to KATU News, a police chase began after officers spotted a 2000 Cadillac DeVille speeding down a street and running a stop sign in Portland, Oregon.
Police pursued the man until an officer on standby saw the Cadillac coming down the road and hurled a spike strip at the car as it flew by.
The car hit the spikes, went over a curb and crashed into a van parked in a nearby driveway.
Neighbors said in the story that if it weren’t for the van parked in the driveway, the car would have probably driven through the house.
The man in the Cadillac was taken to the hospital following the crash, and a search by officers found methamphetamine in the vehicle.
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It’s one of the scariest phone calls anyone could receive.
Your loved one has been involved in an accident.
Though vehicles have been made safer for drivers and their passengers, modern advancements in safety have made it harder for first responders to make rescues.
Any gearhead who has worked on classics and modern vehicles has seen the way cars have evolved in the way they’re built. In an article published in USA Today, responders say there are various factors that make rescues more dangerous and complicated, from new types of steel that are tougher to cut, to high-voltage cables in hybrid-electric cars.
The auto industry is already faced with tough decisions as automakers move forward to keep up with consumer demands while following federal safety guidelines. According to the story, designs that accomplish those goals and include the most desired safety features also sometimes increase injury risks for rescuers because it’s tougher to extract victims to rush them to emergency rooms during the most critical times.
Also, with the varieties of engine technologies in vehicles – diesel, electric, plug-in hybrid, hybrid, natural gas or hydrogen-powered cars – first responders have to spent additional time assessing the type of vehicle at a crash scene, the article said.
The story listed a few obstacles that can slow down rescue times of responders:
Airbags – Tools used to extract drivers and/or their passengers can cause explosive propellant tanks of airbags that didn’t deploy during an accident
Hybrid batteries – According to the story, more vehicles have hybrid or electric powerplants, which make it critical to properly handle high-voltage cables and special batteries after an accident
Keyless ignitions – It’s difficult for a responder to determine if an engine is running. For hybrid and electric cars, the story says they can be fully “on” without the engine running.
The Society of Automotive Engineers is now formulating a way to label the vehicle from the outside so that responders know what they’re facing at the scene of an accident. One recommendation in the story suggested that labels could go on the trunk lid to denote the type of powerplant, and they’re also looking at a corresponding label for the inside.
However, some would argue that the stickers would compromise the look of a vehicle. Todd Mackintosh, a GM engineer who is the SAW committee’s chairman, told USA Today that the recommendations will try to balance automakers’ “marketing needs” while trying to help first responders.
For now, first responders are practicing techniques for rescues, thanks to vehicles donated by various groups. Check out the video below to see how they’re training.