Destruction of motorhome from horrific crash hard to believe

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There is good news here, and that is that nobody died in this horrific motorhome crash. Looking at the photo, it’s hard to imagine that anyone could survive such a catastrophic event.

In the photo, Atlanta Fire Rescue firefighters are working on the crash off of I-20 West in Atlanta where the RV overturned Monday, leaving two people trapped inside, authorities said. The motorhome collided with a smaller SUV, and both left the interstate.

The two trapped victims, a man and a woman, were stable before they were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. At least three other people were injured but not seriously. It took rescue crews about an hour to free the trapped passengers, Atlanta Fire Sgt. Cortez Stafford told AJC.com. “The motor of the RV, when it flipped over, was on top of one of the victims,” he said.

It was unclear how many people were traveling in the SUV.

Photo courtesy Atlanta Fire Rescue

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Carson Axtell
12 days ago

This kind of story, and the accompanying, photos should be required viewing for all prospective new RVers, along with the explanation that NOT ALL manufacturers are equally bad as this one is. The RVIA badly needs a wake-up call, as this excellent publication so often points out.

C.Lee
12 days ago

Remarkable that the occupants survived, and of course wonderful that they did….but if that isn’t an advertisement for a travel trailer or fifth-wheel, I don’t know what is.

Cindy
13 days ago

It would be interesting to know WHAT brand and model of motor home that was.

California Travel Videos
13 days ago

Looks like a fiberglass conversion job – here’s two high-resolution photos and an overhead video that indicates where they hit the start of the guard raid before descending down off the freeway

https://twitter.com/ATLFireRescue/status/1272561074387247110/photo/1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4wCYfHJms8

Whew, they were very, very fortunate, despite the RV motor pinning them down after the crash!

Nigel
13 days ago

The brand of the RV and the Class of the RV absolutely DOES have something to do with it! Some years ago, members of our Yahoo forum (Class C, Sprinter 3500) had a bad, roll-over crash and ended up in a field, bruised and shaken in the intact cab. It was the cab structure that saved them. As far as what was left of the coach, not much IIRC with the exception of the dinette benches or couch still bolted to the floor. Now that I’m recounting this story, I recall another Sprinter 3500 Class C in a bad crash (T-bone IIRC), although no roll-over. Again, it was the structure of the cab and airbags that saved them from serious injury. The RV was totaled.

suzanne
13 days ago
Reply to  Nigel

Yep! That was us in 2014 with the couch the only thing bolted to the flat bed. A Sprinter Navion with cabover bed gone also. The quality of the brand I believe is what saved us. I walked out through the passenger door and my husband had to crawl out through the window. We have since bought another 2010 Navion which had to be towed up to WA from CA with a runaway engine that couldn’t be fixed in CA. We were offered a new engine there for about $13000++++. No way – will try to fix. Vehicle had always been maintained. Out of warranty.

Alvin
13 days ago

The RV brand had nothing to do with this! There’re all kindling in a catastrophe like this.

The brand of human, and the quality of his/her brain behind the wheel may have had lots to do with it.

Speed/over driving ones ability are large factors in many of these incidents.
Last weekend returning home in a wind storm hitting the side of our class C at about 50 mph (southern Alberta famous for our wind events) I was passed by two 30+ ft fifth wheels obviously travelling together, bumper to bumper – both driving at 75 mph. – a horrible disaster eventually will end those fools RV days. I only hope they don’t take an innocent with them.

Wayne
13 days ago
Reply to  Alvin

I’m guessing you have never pulled a fifth wheel which is more stable than a class c motor home by far. “ Those fools” probably had better control of their vehicles than a motorhome in the wind.

Bobby
1 day ago
Reply to  Wayne

Traveling at 75mph with any RV is plain stupid. Your in control until your not. Please stay away from me.

Crowman
13 days ago

What was the RV brand?

Roger
13 days ago

Glad they survived this. Amazing considering the engine landed on one of them. This is the main reason we won’t buy a Class A. We prefer the automotive built cab of a Class C or Class B around us. Still not perfect as things can come flying from the back, but far better than the total demolition you see here.

Mark C Schaffler
18 days ago

two bits there were pets too……hope they were found and are OK also……Lord watching over them all.

Two Buck Chuck
13 days ago

I would say luck had a lot more to do with it.