Chevy Volt Totaled After Collision with Bus: All Occupants Escape Unharmed

By · November 11, 2011

Totaled Chevy Volt

Chevy Volt totaled after collision with a school bus.

A forum user on recently posted images of what might be the first totaled Chevy Volt—a vehicle that's rated a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and five stars by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The incident reportedly occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike in late October. The driver of the Volt describes the chain of events: "My family and I were heading south on the New Jersey Turnpike when a Ford Taurus decided to veer into our lane. It hit the drivers side door, pushed us into the right lane where we were then smashed into by an oncoming school bus. As you can see, the damage was bad and they just classified the car as a total loss."

Rear of Chevy Volt

Rear shot of totaled Chevy Volt.

Contents from the Volt's rear cargo area flew into the back seat, landing in the laps of the driver’s three-year-old and 15-month-old children. The Volt driver describes the crash, "The initial impact wasn't too bad, but then the bus hit us and it was such a loud BANG of an explosion, there was a second where I was too scared to turn around and look at my kids. You could hear the bus's engine IN the car. The car then filled with a burning rubber smell and smoke and it wobbled from side to side a bit. You could hear the tires chirping as the traction control held the car in a straight line until we were able to pull to the side."

The Volt owner continues by stating that he was driving approximately 40 miles per hour when the impact occurred and notes that the Volt's rear glass completely shattered during the crash. The moment the Volt came to a halt, its Onstar system went into action, calling the police and emergency medical services.

Fortunately, despite the damage, the driver of the Volt stated, "Except for some back and neck pain for my wife and I, it was a miracle that there wasn’t any more injuries." The two children seated in the rear of the Volt escaped completely unharmed.

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