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Claim: Photographs show a motorist whose torso was severed when he crashed into a truck while talking on a cell phone.
Origins: These grisly photographs of a motorist whose torso was severed in an automobile accident are a set of multi-purpose cautionary images: They've been circulated (originally as a PowerPoint presentation) to accompany warnings about the perils of drunk drivers, the supposed fragility of the smart car, and the dangers of using cell phones while driving.
We don't know the circumstances that caused the accident depicted in these photographs. All we can say for now is that (based upon the license plate and writing on the wrecker) the incident appears to have taken place in Brazil, and the vehicle the unfortunate victim was driving when he collided with a truck was not a compact car but rather a Volkswagen CrossFox.
Last updated: 23 January 2008
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