One of the most terrifying aspects of a motor car crash is the possibility of the petrol tank exploding.
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CU Driver removes plastic container from petrol tank of car to be tested
CU Housewife inventor
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SV & CU Crash car with engine still running and speedo reading (3 shots)
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CU Petrol container invention and PAN to housewife
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Background: One of the most terrifying aspects of a motor car crash is the possibility of the petrol tank exploding. A Danish housewife and mother of three, Loise Berg, witnessed such a crash and explosion, which resulted in the passengers being seriously burned. Mrs. Berg, an inventor by hobby, had been designing a new type of feeding bottle, and felt that her idea might be applicable to a safer petrol tank -- an unbreakable container made of heavy plastic.
Visnews cameraman Frank Paulsen was on hand for a crash test of the new device near Copenhagen on Friday (11 June).
SYNOPSIS: A housewife from Denmark witnessed an accident similar to this. The petrol tanks exploded after the crash, seriously burning the passengers. The housewife, Loise Berg, felt that something could be done to make the petrol tank safer. As a part-time inventor, she had been designing a new type of feeding bottle and felt the idea might apply to the petrol tank.
The idea was for an unbreakable plastic container to be fitted into the petrol tank, thus preventing the fuel from leaking and exploding in a crash. Near Copenhagen on Friday, Mrs. Berg came to watch a crash-test of the device.
No explosion and no leakage of petrol resulted from the crash. The plastic sack inside the petrol tank withstood the crash, despite the speedometer registering fifty-two miles (85 kilometres) per hour. The motor car itself was a total wreck.
With the success of the new device now proven, Mrs. Berg is now awaiting offers from industry wishing to put the invention into production.