Subaru STI Hits Two Trees At Speed, Flips Twice, Everyone Survives!

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Late at night, the driver of this Subaru STI swerved to miss a deer, lost control, hit a tree, flipped twice, plowed through a stop sign and another tree. Everyone inside walked away. Mega-gallery below.

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It's a testament to Subaru engineering and the benefits of aftermarket safety upgrades. The car was outfitted with a harness bar and safety harnesses along with the flashier stuff like a carbon fiber nose, but the driver is probably thanking his lucky stars he'd installed the safety bar. We're glad this Subaru gave its life to save its occupants. Details below:

I got a call from my buddy at 1:30am this morning, I assumed it was drunk dialing and went back to sleep. I guess I was wrong. Apparently when he swerved to miss a deer (NOT SUPPOSED TO DO THAT!!!) the rear end came off the ground, hit a tree, flipped twice, took out a stop sign and another tree. Thanks to a harness bar his and his passengers lives were spared (they walked away). He's a lucky SOB.

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(Hat tip to Ed!) [also via FinalGear]

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DISCUSSION

That's not a testament to anything but plain luck. The driver was lucky that the car didn't hit those trees in the wrong places. Any side impacts into the driver's door would likely kill the driver, but it looks like damage was concentrated to the front and rear of the car.

And aftermarket "safety" upgrades can be potentially dangerous under most normal circumstances. It's not particularly smart to have a racing harness in a car that doesn't have a roll cage.

I also don't understand how people manage to go from an emergency avoidance maneuver into such cataclysmic accidents. I can only assume they were speeding. But regardless, it's good they survived.