Crash, bang, wallop!

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Where: Dublin, , Ireland

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When: 17 July 1971

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Mr. O'Dea doing a bit of photo journalism and catching the action almost as it happens? The scene of a collision and quite a serious collision at that with one of the cars on its roof. In 1971 seat belts were a luxury that few possessed and even fewer used so the chances of serious injury were so much greater from accidents such as this!

The general consensus is that the the catalogue description is correct and that this was captured at Templeogue Bridge. O Mac tells us that, unlike his other photos where he travelled the length and breath, O'Dea may have come just 300 yards from his own home to capture the local drama. Someone's insurer might have been interested in the resulting shot....

Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection:James P. O'Dea

Date: 17 July 1971

NLI Ref.: ODEA 81/9

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    • 04/Oct/2018 08:03:24

    The upside-down car is, I think, a VW Type 4 - see the air vents on the 'boot' lid and the horizontal light cluster. The car nearest the image is almost certainly a Ford, probably an Escort or Cortina. The hubcaps and round air-vent point towards one of these, I think. The tiny portion of car in the background looks like an early Audi.

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    • 04/Oct/2018 08:07:35

    Also the damage on the VW with the light cluster on the side nearest the footpath turned by 90 degrees might indicate the area of impact. The scrape marks and dent on the wing of the Ford could also be significant.

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    abandoned railways

    • 04/Oct/2018 08:11:44,-6.3092196,3a,80.3y,329.34... Going by the flat roof for location.

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    domenico milella

    • 04/Oct/2018 08:40:51

    Congratulation for your beautiful Album.

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    • 04/Oct/2018 08:57:01

    There is another photo - 17 July 1971 was a Saturday.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/Oct/2018 10:18:40

    Is UZO 62 a Northern Ireland reg? Edit: No, I had never looked at registrations this recent, and the format threw me off. It is Dublin County: AZO 1 to YZO 999 (May 1968 – Mar 1969); 25000 cars in 10 months, something like 2500 per month. UZO would have been early 1969. In the early 70s at home, we had a beige Hillman Hunter estate, reg JZO 340, part of this same sequence, from maybe September 68.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/Oct/2018 10:24:50

    VWs are sometimes amazing:1968 - 1972 Volkswagen Typ 4 (411)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/Oct/2018 11:26:31

    In an earlier era of transport, the Dublin and Blessington Steam Tramway used to pass this spot (left-right in the picture), ending about 40 years earlier. The Little Engine That Could...

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    • 04/Oct/2018 13:05:45 A Ford Cortina Mark 2, I think.

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    Salty Windows

    • 04/Oct/2018 15:38:51

    A typical scene from a serious car crash in the 70s, with crowds gathering and chatting. Sometimes they would even drive out to the scene of the accident. Near car looks very like a MK2 Cortina

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    • 04/Oct/2018 17:06:12

    the differing head hair on the generations of the male is a social flag for the 70s, short, 50s comb back and the younger ones with collar length but not quite heavy metal long

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    • 04/Oct/2018 17:44:15

    Fantastic and dramatic image too.

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    O Mac

    • 04/Oct/2018 22:47:32

    O Dea must have heard the bang as he lived 350mts away in his house called Doone on Templeogue Rd,.,-6.3053326,3a,75y,127.18h,...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 05/Oct/2018 00:50:26

    Interesting[email protected]. And very probable. I've added this theory to the short descriptive update....

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    • 05/Oct/2018 00:57:18

    VW 411 - "Four doors, eleven years late!"

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    • 06/Oct/2018 09:39:58

    I think the Fire Engine might be a Merryweather Marquis like this Matchbox one via[email protected]/ -[email protected]/23625315308/