Claim of the Week: Hybrids and the Hurst tool

Interesting this week from ClaimsJournal:

On Interstate 84 recently, a taxi became lodged under a tractor-trailer after being struck from behind.

The first priority for firefighters was getting the victim out of the car but because the vehicle had been so severely damaged, no one noticed it was a hybrid. If the battery pack was not disconnected, the combustion engine could start when the voltage dropped, putting everyone at risk.

Fire departments across the country are being trained how to perform rescues when a hybrid is involved. In addition to the risks of a car basically restarting in the middle of the rescue, the cars are lighter but stronger, so extrication is more difficult. Another issue: The cars are so quiet, it’s hard to tell if they are still running.


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