Third Gen Camaro Gets Into Fatal Crash With Modern Cadillac

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Third Gen Camaro Gets Into Fatal Crash With Modern Cadillac
Third Gen Camaro Gets Into Fatal Crash With Modern Cadillac

They say they don’t make cars like they used to, and that certainly is true when it comes to the third gen Camaros. A recent fatal accident in Omaha, Nebraska between one third gen and a more modern Cadillac CTS shows a huge difference in crash damage between the two cars.

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The accident happened back on the morning of June 20 near the downtown area of Omaha, as reported by WOWT. Sadly, the passenger in the Camaro was killed. The driver suffered a back injury but is expected to be okay.

On the flip side, the driver of the Cadillac wasn’t hurt at all. That’s the difference in modern crash standards, even if there are some obvious drawbacks.


This crash obviously wasn’t a one-to-one comparison. The two cars didn’t collide nose-to-nose so the damage to them is different. We don’t know exactly what happened, but from footage taken by WOWT of the aftermath, it looks like the CTS T-boned the Chevy.

A T-bone crash on an older car usually doesn’t end well. The doors are often not sturdy enough to absorb impact energy, lacking side impact beams, etc. And there are no side curtain or seat airbags. Those can make a huge difference in an accident like this.

While the Cadillac has some damage to the front end, it didn’t get obliterated. The passenger cell itself, where people sit, was perfectly preserved. That’s what you want to see in a crash.

This serves as yet another reminder that as people are pulling out their classic cars this summer (and a third gen Camaro at this point is considered a classic – deal with it) hobbyists need to be extra cautious. Old vehicles are fun to drive and fill one with nostalgia of seemingly simpler times. But they don’t do as well in accidents, so drive carefully and be extra aware of your surroundings.

Image via WOWT

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