Crash test: Nissan sold in Mexico vs. Nissan sold in USA

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Safety standards matter. The cheapest Nissan sold in Mexico, the Tsuru, and the cheapest Nissan sold in the USA, the Versa, were driven into one another at 40 miles per hour. You don't want to be in either car, but you definitely don't want to be in the Tsuru.

A car-to-car test between a 2015 Nissan Tsuru, the least expensive sedan sold by Nissan in Mexico, and a 2016 Nissan Versa, the least expensive sedan sold by Nissan in the United States. With a 50% overlap and each vehicle travelling at 40 mph (64 km/h) the test highlights the significant differences in safety standards between these two baseline models sold by the same manufacturer in different markets.

Wired reports that the Tsuru (basically a 1990s Sentra) is being put to pasture soon, and that Mexico is toughening its car safety laws. Read the rest

BMW driver gets angry when car in front lets school bus turn in, then rams the bus

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Sadly for him, the car he honked at, screamed at, then angrily overtook had front and rear dashcams rolling. No-one gets hurt, but he's likely to lose his license for hitting the school bus. Read the rest

Cabin video from Dubai crash landing: "Leave the bags!"

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Moments before a crash-landed jet at Dubai airport burst into flames, amid screams and billowing smoke, passengers chock the aisle to fetch bags from overhead bins. The video starts sometime after evac begins, lasts more than 2 minutes, and ends before it's over: "Leave everything! Leave the bags!... Leave your bags behind! Jump!"

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Watch a modern car utterly crush a huge 1959 Chevy

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Here's a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu running into a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air. It's a striking example of how safe modern cars are compared to those from decades past. [via Kottke.] Read the rest

7 dead in UK airshow crash

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The jet crash at the Shoreham airshow near Worthing, England, also left one person critically injured and 14 in hospital. The BBC has more.

Seven people have died after a Hawker Hunter jet crashed into several vehicles during Shoreham Airshow.

South East Coast Ambulance Service said the victims died at the scene, while another person is critical in hospital.

The plane crashed on the nearby A27. Witnesses said it was performing a loop but could not complete the manoeuvre.

Prime Minister David Cameron sent his "heartfelt condolences" to the families and friends of those who died in the crash.

Many bystanders caught footage of the descent and its aftermath. Lee Allwright searched for survivors at the scene, but every vehicle seems hopelessly damaged:

The Guardian has collected some of the videos being posted to the 'net.

Ray Kemp's illustrative footage shows the jet's loop from a distance. Read the rest

Virgin Galactic crash blamed on “single human error”

The National Transportation Safety Board's acting chairman, Christopher Hart, second from left, visits the scene of the SpaceShipTwo crash with pilot Todd Ericson, second from right, and NTSB investigators near Cantil, Calif., on Nov. 1, 2014. (NTSB)
Federal safety officials say the builder of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo is at fault for not anticipating the copilot error that caused the spaceship's disintegration during a test flight nine months ago.

Squirrel blamed by Canadian drivers who followed too closely

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A squirrel, crossing the road in Nanaimo, British Columbia, was blamed after a driver braked hard to avoid it and was rear-ended by other vehicles. Three trucks ended up in the multi-vehicle snarlup, according to the RCMP, with one damaged so badly it had to be towed. Read the rest

Crashes from Thomas the Tank Engine

"I was bored so I decided to make a compilation of the crashes on Thomas and Friends," writes YouTube's monsterjamfan100. [via hellojed at Metafilter]

Previously: The ultraviolence of Thomas the Tank Engine was blogged about by Mark more than a decade ago. Don't miss Biggie Smalls the Tank Engine. Read the rest