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Old 05-29-2014, 07:09 AM   #1
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ML 320 Involved in a crash

ML towing an AS tangles with a Semi. No one injured per reports. Here is a link to photo or two as it occurred yesterday on NB 1-95 near Ormond Beach. Looks like a 23 footer. Still hitched up by the looks of it.



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http://www.actionnewsjax.com/Photo.a...4-866394b94646

And the story: I-95 reopens in Ormond Beach after crash | Volusia County
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:19 AM   #2
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:59 AM   #3
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Hopefully no one from the forums and hopefully no serious injuries.
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Old 05-29-2014, 11:34 AM   #4
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So sad,hope all are ok.
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No Injuries. Updated storyline: I-95 North Reopens After Accident Snarls Traffic In Ormond Beach : NewsDaytonaBeach

Looks to me like both vehicles got spun around. Could be a case of the tail wagging the dog. Amazingly, the ML remained upright.
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So tragic! I just saw a 320 towing a 25ish AS on SR520 in Bellevue yesterday and was afraid it was the same one before I saw the location.
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No injuries...
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Glad no one was hurt.

Unimportant detail: The ML looks the third generation (> 2012), so its 350/550 (not 320).
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That's a bad stretch of I95 where there seems to be a lot of Semi Truck related accidents.
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Old 05-29-2014, 02:26 PM   #10
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Yes, my bad for even mentioning model number (I used to own an E-320 so force of habit I suppose.)

It did not say if weather was factor, but lately we have had a lot of heavy weather which pops up right along I-95 with a Sea Breeze colliding with the warmer interior air. Could have been a simple matter of a strong gust. Wonder if they had sway control.

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I am very thankful no one was hurt, but I can't help but wonder if a vehicle with longer than a 114.8" wheelbase and a heavier gross weight than 4740lbs that the ML 320 has, towing what appears to be a 22 or 23 footer that can weigh anywhere between 5000 and 6000lbs gross would have been able to keep it better under control better.

Not saying damage wouldn't have been done, clearly anytime you trade paint with a semi while on a Interstate at speed, bad things are going to happen, but could the carnage have been diminished with a bit beefier tow vehicle? I say this from the standpoint of experience having towed a 25er with a 118" wheelbase, 5000lbs GVWR car vs a 130" wheelbase, 8600lb GVWR SUV. It really is a night and day difference. Sold the car, kept the truck.
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ML towing an AS tangles with a Semi. No one injured per reports. Here is a link to photo or two as it occurred yesterday on NB 1-95 near Ormond Beach. Looks like a 23 footer. Still hitched up by the looks of it.



Link to photos:

http://www.actionnewsjax.com/Photo.a...4-866394b94646

And the story: I-95 reopens in Ormond Beach after crash | Volusia County
PS link to photo not working at action news jax.
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My "wonder" would be how much more damage could have been done, especially to the occupants, had a heavier, less responsive truck been the TV? A lot I see in similar circumstances typically roll, while the ML at a significant angle stayed upright. The ML350 has a lower CG, better stability, superior brakes, better tires, better handling/responsiveness. I traded in a 2012 Sierra Denali HD for the ML and feel safer. I would not go back to a large lumbering truck.

Without video and a full crash reconstruction who knows? Right?


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