Google Street View car flees double-accident, crashes into parked truck

Summary:Panic causes one driver to set off a chain of accidents.

A single Google Street View car has been involved in three separate accidents in Indonesia, after the driver repeatedly chose to flee the scene of the incident.

According to a report from AFP, one of Google's Street View cars has been involved in a double hit-and-run incident, ending only when the vehicle collided with a third vehicle. No injuries have been reported.

The incident occurred on Wednesday, just outside Jakarta in the Bogor region, when the driver of the vehicle, an Indonesian man, hit a minivan.

The driver is alleged to have stopped at this point and driven with the minivan driver to a repair garage, but, fearing the cost of repairs, fled the scene in the damaged Street View car. The minivan driver pursued the Street View car in his own vehicle for about 3km before the Google-owned car hit another minivan.

The Street View car continued to flee the second incident, but was stopped shortly after, when the driver collided with a parked truck.

Amateur photographs on Indonesian forum Kaskus show damage to the front of the vehicle as well as the front windshield smashed in.

Google confirmed the incident, and said that it is working closely with local authorities regarding the incident.

"We take the safety of our Street View operations very seriously, and though we're glad everyone is OK and that no serious injuries were reported, we're sorry for any damage caused."

Street View drivers are typically engaged by Google on a contract basis, and are required, under the company's policies and local law, to stop in the event of an accident.

Topics: Google

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