In New Zealand a large van has driven into a Porsche dealership, causing major damage. Two people have been taken to the hospital and one other person was injured as well, but did not sustain serious injuries. Here is a blow-by-blow of the accident from a user on the 993c4s.com forum.
carkitter on August 10th, 2012 5:46 am
I work at the above dealership in Epsom an was on the Porsche forecourt just metres away from the carnage.
The ‘people mover’ is not a bus but a 7+ seater van. It turned in font of a truck and trailer unit carring tonnes of concrete debris from the construction site behind the dealership. The truck and trailer unit driver lost control and crossed the centre line hitting a large tow truck. The tow truck driver was loading a Holden Barina (small hatchback) onto the tow truck and was in the car at the time of impact. The two trucks locked together and hit two Audis in the Audi dealership, hit a concrete retaining wall ripping out the front axle of the tow truck, carried on into the neighbouring Porsche forecourt where the Holden fell off the tow truck (with driver inside) the tray of the tow truck has scooped up a 996 Carrera 2. the Holden has hit the Porsche brand sign which collapsed in pieces on the ground. The whole lot stil moving has taken out a parked BMW 3-series, and hit a second car on the Porsche forcourt, a 996 Turbo Cabriolet.
I heard two bangs, (the impact with the people mover, followed by the impact with the tow truck) and looked up to see the truck and trailer unit riding the tow truck through our Porsche forecourt. I was just 10 metres away. It was like a slow moving train wreck which just never seemed to stop.
The crash took out a power transformer which cut all power to the Audi dealership for several hours. The street was closed for several hours also.
This is a busy street with lots of pedestrians, buses, customers and staff often using the areas where the accident occurred. It’s amazing noone was in the path of the carnage as it unfolded. Only the people mover driver and the truck and trailer unit driver were injured, All other vehicles were unattended except for the tow truck driver in the Holden who was uninjured but shaken.