GRAND ISLAND — Four decommissioned Hastings police cars got one last use Thursday at the Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island.
One cruiser — designated a bullet car — slammed into the passenger side of another police car used as a target at just more than 20 mph.
The collision caved in a portions of the lower broad side of the target car and threw the occupant, a crash test dummy weighing 173 pounds, from the driver seat to the passenger seat. In the bullet car, the impact deployed the airbags and stopped the car.
In a second collision, another cruiser plowed into the rear quarter of a fourth car. Striking at nearly 40 mph, the target car spun about 130 degrees. The bullet car continued through the crash area, coming to stop a moment later.
David Thome, highway safety grant coordinator at the training center, drove both bullet cars and knew full well what he was doing.