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RIP E420 - Thanks for Saving a Life

Old 07-06-2019, 03:37 PM
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RIP E420 - Thanks for Saving a Life

A few years ago I gave my old W124 E420 to my parents to keep as a comfortable get around car after I bought a W166 ML550. Been a great car for them that saw a number of great road trips across the country.

Yesterday my Mom was driving home after work and had a blackout - the car crossed the grassy median to the other side of the highway and collided with a tractor trailer head on.

The good news is the old W124 did what it was designed to do and dropped the drivetrain while the body absorbed the impact of the crash as the car spun around after it struck the tractor trailer.

My Mom suffered a cracked rib from the seat belt tensioner holding her in place as the car spun, a cut lip from the airbag, and a bruised elbow likely from the hard spin against the door.

While Iíll miss the old Merc, Iím glad it did as it was designed to do many years ago and kept her alive. Thought Iíd share with the forum - getting harder to see these old W124s on the road, but glad this one kept a family member safe. Drive safe out there.

Engine, transmission, and drive shaft were thrown from the chassis and landed on the other side of the median.

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So sorry to hear about this accident, but what a good story that the old 124 did it's most important job and saved a life. Wishing her a quick recovery..
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