Audi Q7 Splits In Two After Crashing Into Pole, Driver Runs Away

An Audi Q7 was split in half during a brutal crash in Russia and remarkably, the driver didn’t just survive without serious injuries, but they also ran away from the scene.

Images of the crash were shared online by a number of Russian media outlets. While limited written details about the crash are known, images from the scene provide a good indication as to what happened.

Allegedly, the luxurious SUV slammed sideways into a large metal lamp post on the side of the road. The impact likely occurred roughly in the center of the Q7, tearing it in two. Evidently, the crash occurred at high speed and at least one of the middle row seats was ejected from the vehicle.

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Interestingly, while the car was ripped in two and the roof was also torn off, the headliner which would ordinarily sit above the rear-seat passengers remained attached to the front half of the SUV. The wiring harness is also a tangle of wires and the exhaust can be seen sitting on the grass.

It is rare to see images of a car which has been ripped in two during a crash and of those you do occasionally see, they seem to happen most often to mid-engine supercars where the passenger cell is detached from the engine.

As mentioned, the driver allegedly ran from the scene seemingly without any serious injuries. We suspect police are currently investigating the incident and will search for answers about how the driver lost control and just how fast they were traveling.

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  • charlotteharry57

    I’m awfully tempted to say that construction of this Audi SUV leaves something to be desired, but I don’t know all of the facts to say that for certain.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      if you look at Russian car crash videos you’ll see anything is possible regardless of the car’s structural integrity.

    • McFly

      Cars aren’t designed to crash with poles or trees, not even head-on. So if you have good speed and take on a pole from the side, there just isn’t enough metal there to stop it from cutting through the car.

      • Zandit75

        Your first statement is incorrect. Cars are designed to handle impacts with poles, both side on and head on……..upto a certain speed. Of course, looking at these photo, it’s pretty safe to say that those speeds were exceeding the design parameters.

        • Howfarr

          Lol “Cars aren’t designed to crash with poles or trees, not even head-on”
          OEMs literally have entire departments dedicated to crash safety, the stupidity of some peoples comments never cease to amaze me.

        • McFly

          You are right, that was too simplified. 🙂
          What I meant is that they aren’t designed to handle impact energy from poles even close to what they can take in terms of barrier impact. Because it’s tricky.
          As an example, in the EuroNcap side pole test, the speed is 32 km/h. Side barrier speed is 50 km/h (ie more than double the energy). I don’t even think there is a front pole test.

  • Adilos Nave

    Ran away from the accident using what? Bloody stumps for where his arms and legs used to be?

    • Ben

      Monty Python would approve.

  • Paul

    I’d run away too if a crash did that to my Audi. Heaven forbid man, that’s horrendous. On a more serious note it must have been stolen if the driver up and ran, Lucky for them it didn’t kill ’em.

  • Jason Panamera

    It’s more possible that this car was just totalled and then repaired before this crash.

    • TRB0T0Y

      Wow, what a haunting observation! The way it split in half like that, it definitely looks like two totaled cars that got patched together in a most sketchy manner. I’m sure we all remember the classic episode of Pimp My Ride in which the guest’s car turned out to be a freakish Frankenstein of two cars welded together.
      It was so horrifically unsafe they just got her a new Scion TC I think, and proceeded to install a revolving dildo dispenser, a neon beta fish tank and so on and so forth…

    • Matt

      Not necessarily, a lot of cars will break in half on certain impacts, it’s well documented with crash photos online. I remember an older RS6 a few years ago that broke clean in half after hitting a tree at massive speed – both occupants survived.

      Many mid-engined cars like Ferraris break in half too, by design.

      • Miknik

        It is correct, especially for mid engined cars, but this seems to be really split clean in comparison, just look at the sill behind the driver door, which looks like it was gut by an angle grinder and the spot welded exactly where it split; Also the roof came loose all along the spot welds in one piece, rather unusual;

        This cut and weld practice is quite common in Russia, just google Artur Tussik on YouTube, so I guess the observation this was a totaled car before would not be wrong…

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  • Hot Twink

    For sale: Audi Q7 – Up to half off!!!


    • WHAT?

  • DanSemering

    How drunk was the guy?!!! Glad he is alive!

    • Zandit75

      Probably because he was drunk, is why he survived.

      • Benjamin B.

        he woke up drinking vodka instead of coffee or tea

  • brn

    Do they sell lottery tickets in Russia? If so, the driver was probably running to buy one. Surviving a crash like that is about as lucky as you can get.

  • Harry_Wild

    Is this what is meant by the term “chop car”?

  • Zandit75

    In what way?
    As I mentioned in an earlier comment, cars are built to handle certain accidents with little to no injury to the occupant, including hitting a pole head on/side on. If this accident happened outside of those parameters, how is Audi at fault??

    • Bo Hanan

      I doubt anyone listening to your argument will be convinced. Those pictures are worth a thousand words.In fact no words would be needed- just the pictures.

      • Felix Le Forestier

        Have ever seen a unbendable pole hit at high speeds ?

        • Bo Hanan

          Have you ever seen a “4WD” vehicle loose control and cause damage like this?


    Isn’t the light pole supposed to “give” on contact?
    Not in Russia obviously.

  • DMJ

    Russians have created the new Q7 short wheel base.

    • Benjamin B.

      It’s a sideways motorcycle

  • the luckiest “sun of beach” I’ve ever seen.

  • Enter Ranting

    Russia is the Florida of Eurasia.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    This being a CUV, I’m thankful there were no children in the back seat. They would have been killed instantly….


  • Dylan Wentworth

    Bubble wagons are just garbage no matter what they cost.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    Should have driven a Toyota Hi-Lux.

  • Benjamin B.

    Car spilt in half. But the guy survived. In fact he ran away from the accident. Hopefully he’s caught and arrested. He needs to pay for all this damage. Still he’s lucky to be alive. Too bad his life is ruined.

  • Alessio Sa

    audiot , buy a decent car what sticks to the road instead of bubble cars specially audi but also dusters

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