In California, the highways have special lanes for High Occupancy Vehicles (HOV). The definition of ‘high occupancy’ to ride in those lanes is two, the smallest possible plural number. A Miata could be an HOV. The Californian idea of what is an HOV is soundly mocked by the existence of this car, a Honda Civic that, after a wreck, was found to have nine passengers.

The wreck happened around Leicester, in the East Midlands of England, where the crazily overloaded 2004-ish UK-market Civic plowed into the back of a stopped Audi. I’m sure the wet-looking roads were a factor, along with the fact that the Civic was carrying about twice the usual maximum number of passengers.

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Not surprisingly for a car crammed full of people, something possibly less-than-legal may have been going on, since once the wreck happens eight passengers bolt away, with one more considerate passenger returning to let the ninth passenger out of the car’s hatchback.

Leicester police are currently looking for the driver of the Civic, or, probably, any of the other eight passengers.