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article imageWalker crash caused by steering column failure, no impact fire

By Ralph Lopez     Dec 10, 2013 in World
There was no explosion on impact as first reported.
Sources from the auto shop from which Paul Walker and Roger Rodas began their last drive said that the crash was evidently caused by a failure in the power steering column.
The New York Post reports that the sources told the Web site TMZ that they saw:
“evidence of a fluid burst and subsequent fluid trail before the skid marks at the accident scene.”
The shop is located near the site where the Porsche Carrerra GT crashed.
The fluid burst and lack of skid marks until just before the crash suggests to the sources that the driver, Rodas, could not steer the car as it slammed into a tree. The speed at which the car was traveling is unclear, although law enforcement sources told NBC News that the car was "traveling at approximately 40 to 45 mph when it came to a bend in the road where the speed limit drops to about 15 mph."
"It was in that vicinity where the driver, Roger Rodas, apparently lost control of the vehicle," NBC reports.
Reports that Rodas was drag racing were denied by authorities. CNN says:
"investigators have since ruled out the presence of a second vehicle and the theory that the Porsche was drag racing, a spokesman said Monday afternoon."
Many reports state that the car exploded on impact, but those reports turned out to be incorrect. A video obtained by CNN shows that the car did not catch fire for many minutes, and showed only thin wisps of black smoke starting at least 60 seconds after the crash. Eventually the car burst into flames, burning Walker and Rodas beyond recognition.
The New York Post reported that the Porsche was "trouble-prone," but it was referring to the car's tendency to stall, an entirely different system from the steering column. A steering column failure is a serious failure of a major system. Porsche has thus far not issued any statement of intention to recall the 2005 Porsche Carrerra GT.
The subject of whether or not cars can explode on impact was hotly debated after the crash in which Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings died, with skeptics observing that impact explosions are unheard of, and are evidence of foul play. A study by the National Fire Protection Association shows that only 3% of cars eventually catch on fire as the result of crash impact. A small number of these result in an eventual explosion as gas fumes accumulate and are heated in the gas tank.
The Walker crash bears eerie similarities to the one in which Hastings died, but with distinct differences. Nevertheless, it continues to be reported on the web that the Porsche "exploded on impact."
CNN Report: Walker Car Did Not Explode on Impact
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