2012 Mercedes M-Class prototype in Autobahn accident - 1 fatality

2012 Mercedes M-Class prototype crash on A81, Rottweil, Germany, 500, 27.04.2010
2012 Mercedes M-Class prototype crash on A81, Rottweil, Germany, 500, 27.04.2010

One man was killed and a Daimler test driver was injured in an accident on Autobahn A81 near Rottweil, Germany.  In the early morning hours of the April 23 the 52-year-old Daimler employee was testing a 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class prototype SUV when he struck a 26-year-old man exiting his vehicle.

Moments before, the younger man had a problem with his vehicle that led to a minor collision with a guard rail on the left side median.  Two other motorists, aged 29 and 57, stopped to assist the man when the M-Class approached at a high rate of speed.  Apparently not seeing the accident site, the Daimler driver crashed into the other vehicle as the 26-year-old was emerging from his own car.

The test driver's vehicle flipped over, and travelled an additional 250 feet before coming to rest on its roof.  Emergency responders transported the test driver to the hospital with serious injuries.

Neither of the two good samaritans required treatment in a hospital, as both managed to jump over the guard rail to safety.  Only the 57-year-old received minor injuries, likely from the fall.  A video of the accident shows damage to a third car, possibly the vehicle driven by the roadside assistants.

The crash took place on a stretch of A81 that connects Singen and Stuttgart, where Mercedes-Benz and Porsche prototypes are often tested under the cover of darkness.  There is no posted speed limit on that stretch of motorway.

Police have not yet determined the responsible party, and the cause of the accident is still under investigation.  Property damage at the scene was estimated at €80,000.

Source: spiegel.de

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HyundaiSmoke HyundaiSmoke
Lets be real all of these Accidents are the result of these cars being chased after spy photographers. This Pisses me off becuase, if you push too hard the state will push back, and make it hard for the spy guys. Journaliss like myself need a good scoop.
Apr 29th, 2010 10:02am
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My condolence to the departed... Luckily, the others managed to duck in the nick of time...
Apr 28th, 2010 7:44pm
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xLumino xLumino
the side lanes are wide enouth. If you have a problem with your car and park it, you have to turn on the signallights. The open speed limit is the one thing, but if there is a damaged car at the right lane, you have to slow down and pass the region carefully! R.I.P. Mazda driver. What was the reason for your contact with your guard rail?
Apr 28th, 2010 7:30pm
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tsiebrand tsiebrand
@WCF The M-Class travelled about 250 Meters = 820 feet. Not 250 feet. In the meanwhile the test driver has been released from hospital but remains silent. He doesn´t want to say anything about what happened.
Apr 28th, 2010 3:42pm
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BabyMilo BabyMilo
R.I.P poor man, but im guessing Mercedes must be pretty pissed at the moment having one of their test cars upside down on the Autobahn. I guess the only positive here is that the new M class looks solid...
Apr 27th, 2010 9:14pm
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jerry05cod4 jerry05cod4
the scene of the accident looks like godzilla rampaged the place...they should have larger side lanes on the autobahn to prevent things like this.
Apr 27th, 2010 8:57pm
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9TNine 9TNine
... I doubt that driver would have survived even if he was seated IN his car!
Apr 27th, 2010 7:50pm
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9TNine 9TNine
Sorry to hear of the death... but there wasn't anything left of the car (some dark Madza 3 or something) that Merc test driver struck. The Merc driver must have been doing one hell of a speed on impact.
Apr 27th, 2010 7:48pm
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dmanero dmanero
sad for driver that got killed, but who the hell exites their vehicle while on the highway. that just being stupid.
Apr 27th, 2010 7:22pm
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not fatal another crash on Nurburgring with prototypes...... R.I.P. to the 26 year old man and get well soon for the test driver
Apr 27th, 2010 6:25pm
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benz_man benz_man
That thing still looks pretty solid for having such a nasty impact...
Apr 27th, 2010 6:16pm
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tra-ta-ta tra-ta-ta
oh yaa, sure it does, but look at that mazda3, is completely ripped off and that C class...sorry for the young man...R.I.P.
Apr 27th, 2010 6:27pm
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velsatis velsatis
Correction, its an E-Klass. On a negative note to the road, for a non-speed limit should they have a larger side-lane????
Apr 27th, 2010 7:01pm
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