If you saw the picture, which I can't seem to locate at the moment, you will note that the car was 'totalled', that is, destroyed to the extreme, and I think it was only because it hit the pole square on, and so the pole intruded into the middle of the car, that the result wasn't worse.
When I first heard the news of a crash with eight people in a very small car, I thought South East Asian. Nah, they are mostly proper Australians now and we need to look to our newest immigrants, the Sudanese.
Just three weeks ago, R and I were travelling along Stud Road near Dandenong and I was feeling very uncomfortable while at the wheel. In front of us was a crowded car full of African immigrants but that the car was very crowded did not impact on me until later. What I saw was two of the guys in the back who kept turning around and looking at us. I kind of knew they were looking out for something or someone but paranoia was setting in big time for me. They were looking at us, for whatever reason, and I had fear that they would stop dead and we would be trapped.
I am not so feint of heart usually. I have wandered the dark sois of Bangkok late at night. I have had fun under a bridge in Vietnam while listening for the footsteps of the police. Agro and charged skinheads on the London Tube, no problem. I get constantly hassled by drug addicts and beggars when I am out and about. My work involves a lot of contact with a lot of low life.
But never have I felt so threatened than I did when there were six dudes along a back seat of a car in Stud Road, Dandenong, with two of them staring at us.
I suppose it is a typical racist response, fear of the unknown, but I can't see me exploring the streets of Dandenong in the near future. I need to get to know some Sudanese I think, but they don't live nearby and I don't work with any.
As for the accident, a car full of eight people, with probably three not wearing seat belts, late at night is a disaster waiting to happen.