I have a question on the stability of the 4x4 polaris ranger and would like the opinions of those who've driven them.
I'm in the military and sometimes we use these vehicles on duty. Just recently two soldiers were riding together when the vehicle rolled over and crushed the passengers leg breaking it. From the drivers story I'm not so certain that it is possible for this vehicle to have rolled over given the conditions. The driver was inexperienced with this type of equipment-it was his first time driving it. It was dark out and the ground in the area was bumpy with some ruts maybe 8 inches deep at best. The driver claims that he was driving 5 -8 mph (speed limit in the area is 5 mph) and that he cranked the wheel of the Ranger completely to the left to make a sharp left hand turn when the front right tire entered an unseen rut. The driver says he instinctively slamed on the brakes but that the momentum of the Ranger continued forward causing it to slowly roll onto its side. The driver says that the passenger stuck his right leg outside of the vehicle as it leaned over (perhaps to attempt to push the vehicle back upright) but that the vehicle continued over and the frame (near the floor boards) crushed his leg just above the boot. The driver says they were both wearing their seatbelts and that he unbuckled his, ran around the vehicle and lifted it off his buddy. I know that the Ranger has a very shape turning angle and that it accelerates rapidly-maybe unexpectedly for a first time driver. Does this story pan out in any ones experience? Just so you know this is for my information only, not to be used for any disciplinary action of course.