This is NOT a Smart Car!
Are you getting emails forwarded from people showing a car smashed between 2 large trucks like the one above?
And does the email say something like
“Here is a photo of a wreck in Jefferson Parish, LA (near New Orleans ) between two trucks and a Smart Car. Think I’ll pass on the Smart Car.
Do You Still Want a Smart Car? Not if you are smart!”
Here is some news: The car is NOT a Smart Car!
It is a Ford Escape as reported by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and confirmed HERE in Snopes. The photo is real, the car is just NOT a Smart Car.
(Only the passenger side of the vehicle was crushed, the driver survived with some injuries.)
It is relatively easy to spot the difference even if you can only see one wheel. The Smart has a 3-lug wheel:
The one in the photo of the accident has FIVE lugs:
In addition, all the body panels on the Smart are plastic and they would have bent or snapped, they would not look like crumpled sheet metal. Sometimes the email you get also has this photo attached:
How many lugnuts are on the wheel of this car? Five. So is it a Smart Car? No.
So what is it? It is a VW Cross. Other photos on the web show this accident from a number of points of view and the VW logo is clearly visible in the wheel hub.
So if you get one of these emails, please don’t mindlessly forward it out of ignorance.