Watch: New 2020 Corvette already wrecked in California

The first one bites the dust, though it certainly won't be the last

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That was quick. Not even a month after Chevrolet pulled the wraps off its mid-engined 2020 C8 Corvette, a driver has managed to wad one up on a Californian road.

In what certainly seems to be the first public crash of a new Corvette, multiple social media sources point to an Elkhart Lake Blue example colliding on a windy strip with an oncoming vehicle.

We hope all hands walked away from the wreck.

This video from YouTube gives us our best look at the mishap. After rolling by a grey GMC Yukon XL, which could be part of GM’s response team, the biffed C8 heaves into view. It’s clear the driver’s side corner took the brunt of the impact, explaining why the IIHS likes to put vehicles through a small-overlap test.

Both airbags have popped, giving us hope the safety systems worked as designed and the occupants are okay. Its flashing hazard lights tell us the electrical system – or at least parts of it – still functioned after the crash, perhaps an unintended benefit of all the Expensive Bits now being placed behind the driver.

A last-gen Ford Ranger and newer Chevrolet Equinox were also tagged in the fray, with the latter taking the worst of this exchange. Most of the Chevy’s driver’s side rear suspension has vanished and the side curtain airbags have also deployed, while the Ranger suffered driver’s side front damage. Again, here’s to all occupants emerging unscathed.

Gearhead and car writer Jason Cammisa provides some extra context via his Instagram account.

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Wrecked C8 Corvette! That didn't take long. 😢 ⁣⁣ Friend of a friend happened upon this scene. Dunno who did what but there's also a Chevy Equinox there with a lot of rear suspension components ripped off, sitting on top of a guardrail. ⁣⁣🤦🏻‍♂️ ⁣⁣ The C8 looks like it’s missing its front-left corner. ⁣⁣ We can speculate forever. But the only thing that's important is that everyone got to walk away. Hope that's the case. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #Chevrolet #Chevy #Corvette #C8 #CorvetteC8 #C8Corvette #crash #wreck #WreckedC8 #CrashedC8 #C8Crash ⁣⁣#carcrash #carcrashes #wreckedcar

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While it’s always easy to play armchair vehicle-CSI, it doesn’t take much of an imagination to suggest what happened in this instance. It is possible the C8 took the right-hand California curve too wide, connecting with the Equinox as it was headed around the same curve in the opposite direction. The Ranger, behind the Chevy, would have had nowhere to go.

Be safe out there, kids.

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