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Published May 03, 2012, 10:20 PM

Many factors contribute to rollover crashes, according to police

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - You drive by the accident and wonder, just what does it take to spin a 1 ton hunk of metal end-over-end inside city limits.

You drive by the accident and wonder, just what does it take to spin a 1 tib hunk of metal end-over-end inside city limits.

It can be the scariest...or last experience of someone's life, but it's a myth that rollovers only happen at a high rate of speed.

Lt. Joe Anderson – Fargo Police Department: “The crashes that we see have been at intersections where the speed has been at 25 or 30 or 35, where you wouldn't expect the vehicle to rollover.”

Lieutenant Joe Anderson says vehicles do become much more susceptible to rollovers when traveling at a high rate of speed, but the make and model of the car plays just as big of a factor.

Lt. Anderson: “A high profile vehicle sits higher. The wheel base might make it more susceptible to roll, especially if it's impacted by a vehicle that underrides it.”

Police say rollovers can be the most dangerous type of accidents because many times the front airbag doesn't deploy.

Lt. Anderson: “You have some forces inside the vehicle that's forcing either a body or someone's head to jolt from side to side.”

That's why police say first and foremost, buckle up.

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