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Collision

Post by Bobinwales » Sun Jan 19, 2014 6:17 pm

My local newspaper carried THIS story.

One line from the report says, "An ambulance spokeswoman said: "It was a one vehicle road traffic collision"".

Can a one vehicle collision occur? Or does a collision require two or more moving things? The Oxford Dictionary says, "an instance of one moving object or person striking violently against another: a mid-air collision between two aircraft [mass noun]: his car was in collision with a lorry", which doesn't actually answer the question.
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Re: Collision

Post by Erik_Kowal » Mon Jan 20, 2014 3:07 am

Besides colliding with another vehicle, a moving object might collide with a stationary object, an animal, or a person (for instance, see this article, which mentions the problem of barges colliding with bridges on the Mississippi).

So the report might be accurate as far as it goes, whereas the definition given in your dictionary is either too restrictive or (more likely) it is carelessly ambiguous (does the definition really intend to imply 'another moving object or person', or simply 'another object or person'?).

That said, the standard of news reporting was also pretty mediocre, insofar as the article in your local paper failed to provide the slightest detail about what actually happened during the accident.
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Re: Collision

Post by Edwin F Ashworth » Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:15 am

'The bridge came out of nowhere and hit us.' [Captain Haddock]
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