Five men, one woman – all in their 20s – killed in a crash after car slams into tree in Nebraska at around 2:15 a.m.
Police and responders were alerted to killer crash by new iPhone 14 feature that senses accidents and calls 911.
New feature on iPhone 14 has sensors that automatically calls emergency services after detecting severe car crashes.
Police said five men, aged between 21 and 24, died at the scene of the crash after a Honda Accord hit a tree around 2:15 a.m. A 24-year-old woman died later at a hospital where she was taken in critical condition.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation. But authorities are looking at all possibilities, including alcohol, speed or distracted driving.
“This is the worst crash in Lincoln in recent memory,” Lincoln Police Assistant Chief Michon Morrow said.
“We’ve been trying to think of another accident this bad and we haven’t come up with anything.”
“The cause of this accident is going to take us some time to pin down,” Morrow said.
“We are looking at all possibilities, including alcohol, speed or distracted driving.”
The new Crash Detection feature on iPhone 14 has sensors that automatically informs emergency services after detecting severe car crashes.
Apple says :
“Crash Detection is designed to detect severe car crashes—such as front-impact, side-impact, and rear-end collisions, and rollovers—involving sedans, minivans, SUVs, pickup trucks, and other passenger cars.”
“If your iPhone 14 detects a severe car crash, it can help connect you to emergency services and notify your emergency contacts.”
Apple notes that once the 10-second emergency SOS countdown reaches zero without anyone cancelling it, the phone automatically calls emergency services for help.
“If you are unresponsive, your iPhone will play an audio message for emergency services, which informs them that you’ve been in a severe crash and gives them your latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates with an approximate search radius”.