BMW i8 Crushed By Cement Truck


Last week, a cement truck collided with multiple vehicles, including a BMW i8, near the 73 off ramp and Newport Coast Drive in Orange County, California.

BMWBLOG describes the incident as follows:

“California Highway Patrol officials said the collision happened at 8:42 a.m. between a gardening truck and a cement truck, causing the cement truck to tip over into southbound Newport Coast Drive lanes.”

“After the collision, the truck fell onto the BMW i8, according to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz.”

Three injuries were reported, including one listed as in critical condition (two others with moderate trama injuries). The critically injured individual was taken to Global Medical Center where his condition improved, according to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz.

Once again, we see the BMW i8 can absorb a lot of damage.

We wish a speedy recovery to all the individuals involved in this wreck.

BMW i8 Crushed BY Cement Truck

BMW i8 Crushed By Cement Truck

Accident Scene

Accident Scene

Source: OC Register via BMWBLOG

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It’s sad to see such a beautiful vehicle mangled up like that. I’m sure it would be sad to see the mangled humans too, but they aren’t in the photo.

One left rear wheel for sale.

First and most important I pray everyone is alright. Sounds like one serious injury, no fatalities, so that’s a good thing.

Now, I need to correct something in the article. That is not a CEMENT truck, it is a CONCRETE truck. This is a very common mistake, similar to the common mixup of kW and kWh. Cement is a dry powder manufactured in a kiln and shipped by tanker truck or rail to a concrete plant. Concrete is a mixture of cement, stone, sand, and water and is used in a variety of construction applications such as driveways, sidewalks, roads, bridges, and framing large commercial and industrial projects.

Sorry, I’ve been in the building materials industry for 20 years so I can’t let that one go. Cheers!

Thanks for that explanation. I am sure I have flubbed that one up at some point.

Just like a “steamroller” is not the correct name for a road roller, a cement truck is the common parlance for the type of vehicle involved. Type in “cement truck” on Google, and guess what you get an image of? The name has its own image, and is correctly used for the common public, even if it’s wrong for industry insiders.

I wasn’t upset with the author or with anyone else, just pointing out the incorrect language. And whether it is commonly missused or not, doesn’t make it any less incorrect. Go to the MyNissanLeaf forum and read the hundreds of arguments over kWh vs kW. Right is right, and wrong is wrong.

Did the BMW protect its occupants?

It looks like EMS had to cut the roof off for the rescue.

I imagine that with many lesser vehicles…

Yup.. If you read original article the woman driving the i8 is fine.

Holy s%#@

Amazing that anyone could survive that kind of crushing impact. Testament to new cars.

My colleagues at work laugh at spending any money on a car. I say money well spent.

Surprising outcome, for such a morbid image.

I hope those injured make it through recovery without permanent disability.

That said, I don’t see how this is EV news. Horrific auto accidents happen every day to every make and model on the road.

It would be somewhat relevant if the i8’s CFRP body / aluminum frame made the car behave significantly differently (whether better or worse), protection-wise, than other cars in this particular case — but AFAIK no car, irrespective of material, is designed to withstand being crushed by a heavy track like this, so it’s a moot issue.

It seems we see a mangled i8 every week on this site. This is the first where apparently the i8 was NOT driven recklessly and wasn’t the cause of the accident. The in the wrong place at the wrong time. Nonetheless, for so few i8’s on the road, they appear to have more than their fair share of auto crashes. It’s a good thing they are built to protect their occupants – they need it.

Anyone have any idea of what the insurance costs to cover one of these? Or is that an “If you have to ask….” question?

These stretch of highways (Newport Coast Drive, Jamboree, etc) along Newport Beach/Irvine always have accidents due to speeding, racing, etc.

Self driving cars can’t get here quickly enough.

I don’t think that they have any sensors looking up… 😉



They’d need to be in the concrete truck in this case. 🙂

That’s not gonna buff out….