OAKVILLE - Late in October, the Halton Regional Police Service Collision Reconstruction Unit hosted an Energy Analysis (Crush) training course at Oakville Assembly Complex (OAC).
This was the first time crash testing of this kind was performed in Canada. The OAC team was thrilled when Detective Constable Kevin Rye of the Collision Reconstruction Unit approached the site to use the Paint 2 parking lot of the facility for the testing.
This training focused on pre-collision speed calculations based upon the crush damage caused to individual vehicles in a collision. For the practical testing empirical evidence was gathered by towing one vehicle by a steel cable into a second, stationary vehicle and then taking physical measurements of the crush damage of two vehicles. The car being towed picked up speed close to 50 km/hour before crashing into the stationary vehicle. Since this dynamic crash testing requires a large open area, OAC was a suitable facility to conduct the practical training.
Constable Rye explained that this testing and course took almost six months of planning and preparation as well as involved colleagues from various stations and departments in the Greater Toronto Area and from across the province.
Those who attended the training will be spending time re-creating the accident and studying multiple variables such as speed, vehicle placement and shift, and intrusion measurements to help when dealing with accidents on the road.
Below are a few of the pictures from the testing!