Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 23:05:02 -0500
From: "Kenneth S." <>
Subject: Re: Incidental livestock

There aren't any moose in my area, but there are deer that wait behind trees and run out in front of passing cars. As a Saab owner, I can only hope that, now that moose are attacking Mazdas as well as Saabs, other large animals that dwell in the woods will begin to adopt the same tactics. wrote: > > DH = > > DH > From: > > > > (begin excerpt) > > "Another, more familiar Saab test is the moose crash test. In > > Sweden, an average of more than ten collisions between cars and > > moose occur every day. Since the early 1990s, Saab has therefore > > been running a crash test in its ordinary range of tests in > > which the car travelling at 70 km/h collides with a 380 kg moose > > dummy. Saab began developing the moose crash test together with > > the Swedish Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) back in > > 1981 and is now evolving, still with the VTI, a new version of > > the 'moose'." > > (end excerpt) > > yeah, but do they test against flying moose? > > from today's news: > > 770-Pound Moose Lands on Car in Norway > > OSLO, Norway - Driving through southern Norway, Leo and Else > Henriksen admired the scenery, but not the 770-pound moose that > landed on their car. > > Collisions between cars and moose are fairly common in Norway, a > Nordic country of 4.5 million, but the large animals don't typically > fly out of the air. > > The moose struck the Henriksen's red Mazda 232 Sunday after it > apparently slid down a mountain and landed on the car's wind shield. > > "The hood was practically undamaged, but after destroying my > windshield, it rolled onto the roof and swept away the ski box," he > told The Associated Press. > > The moose didn't fare too well, either, coming to a stop on the > two-lane road a few miles south of Vatnestrom, 237 miles south of > the capital, Oslo. > > The animal was struck and killed by another car. > > "Something must have scared it," said Henriksen, a sailor on a > Norway-Denmark ferry. "The moose came down a hill behind a mountain, > and it came flying through the air." > > He and his wife suffered minor injuries, including cuts from broken > windshield. > > i only wish they had taken pictures so we could see how the car > fared. how did the A and B pillars hold up? would a saab have done > better than the mazda? inquiring minds want to know! > > kirk > (note trivial anti-spam hack)

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