Crash Investigation Unit

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Crash Investigation Unit
Presented by Damian Walshe-Howling
Country of origin Australia
No. of episodes 21 (as of 25 July 2011)
Producer(s) Rachel Antony
Running time Approx 30 minutes (including commercials)
Production company(s) Greenstone TV
Original network Seven Network
Picture format 16:9
Original release 27 August 2008 – 25 July 2011
Related shows SCU: Serious Crash Unit
External links

Crash Investigation Unit is an Australian factual television series on the Seven Network hosted by Damian Walshe-Howling. The series premiered on 27 August 2008.[1][2]

About The Show[edit]

The series follows the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit in Sydney to uncover the causes behind a car crash.[3] The program is similar to New Zealand's SCU: Serious Crash Unit, which has previously aired on Seven to strong ratings.[4]

On 22 September 2008, Channel Seven confirmed it had commissioned a second series of Crash Investigation Unit.[citation needed]


Series Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 9 27 August 2008 (2008-08-27) 22 October 2008 (2008-10-22)
2 12 3 March 2010 (2010-03-03) 25 July 2011 (2011-07-25)

Season 1 (2008)[edit]

in series
in season
Title Original air date
1 1 "Redferm" 27 August 2008 (2008-08-27)
A motorcyclist is killed in a collision at a busy intersection. But when the other vehicle leaves the scene, Crash Investigators must go searching for their suspect.
2 2 "Marsden Park" 3 September 2008 (2008-09-03)
A grandmother leaves her local bingo hall, but she will never make it home; the lives of a young man and a truck driver are irrevocably changed as a result.
3 3 "Kogarah" 10 September 2008 (2008-09-10)
A woman sends her car hurtling down a footpath, bowling over a dozen innocent pedestrians. The Crash Investigation Unit sifts through the carnage on a busy Sydney street looking for answers to this nightmarish crash.
4 4 "Summer Hill" 17 September 2008 (2008-09-17)
A young driver is unlikely to survive after a late night crash that kills his passenger. With the help of extraordinary CCTV footage, the CIU explore what could have caused his car to spin out of control.
5 5 "M5" 24 September 2008 (2008-09-24)
While rush hour commuters fight traffic trying to get home, one man is fighting for his life after a pile-up in Sydney’s M5 tunnel. The C.I.U is under pressure to map the underground scene as quickly as possible to get the road re-opened, but with seven vehicles involved, it’s not easy.
6 6 "Fairfield" 1 October 2008 (2008-10-01)
A seemingly straightforward crash is not as it seems when a child is severely injured. The Crashies help solve the mystery by replicating the accident at the RTA’s specialist Crash Lab.
7 7 "Jennifer Franco" 8 October 2008 (2008-10-08)
Jennifer Franco is struck by a taxi in the early hours of 20 February 2007 on Gwawley Parade, Miranda. She sustains critical head and limb injuries, as well as psychological trauma as a result of the crash.
8 8 "Auburn" 15 October 2008 (2008-10-15)
A cyclist has little or no chance against an 11-tonne truck, so when a young father is killed riding near his home, the Crash Unit must piece together events leading up to the tragedy.
9 9 "Haberfield" 22 October 2008 (2008-10-22)
A van inexplicably crosses a median strip into the path of oncoming traffic, with devastating consequences. The C.I.U explore whether it was human or mechanical error that caused the crash.

Season 2 (2010-11)[edit]

in series
in season
Title Original air date
10 1 "Not My Time to Go" 3 March 2010 (2010-03-03)
One of Kylie Minogue's old friends dies in a car crash believed to have been caused by a drunk driver
11 2 "Driving Lesson" 10 March 2010 (2010-03-10)
Police investigate the death of a teenager who died in a car crash while out joyriding, with some claiming that texting at the wheel was the reason for the tragedy.
12 3 "Normanhurst" 17 March 2010 (2010-03-17)
Police try to find out who was responsible for a crash that resulted in the death of a woman who, having become a grandmother for the first time, was en route to a baby shower.
13 4 "Budgewoi (Left for Dead)" 24 March 2010 (2010-03-24)
Police consider whether a driver fled the scene of a car crash that left his best friend in a serious condition.
14 5 "Kenthurst (On the Verge)" 31 March 2010 (2010-03-31)
Police become suspicious of a man who tried to assist the passengers of a car that careered off a rural trail.
15 6 "Punchbowl (Light Wait)" 7 April 2010 (2010-04-07)
Two young drivers blame each other for a collision that occurred on a Saturday night.
16 7 "MT Druitt (Industrial Dispute)" 14 April 2010 (2010-04-14)
A driver claims to have no memory of being in a car crash that killed his colleague, as he awakes from a coma.
17 8 "Richmond Road (B-Double Trouble)" 21 April 2010 (2010-04-21)
A driver claims to have no memory of being in a car crash that killed his colleague, as he awakes from a coma.
18 9 "Spencer (Middle of the Road)" 27 April 2010 (2010-04-27)
Police try to work out who was to blame for a rural crash in which a motorbike split in two.
19 10 "Pymble (Flyover)" 11 July 2011 (2011-07-11)
Sergeant Peter Jenkins steps in after a five-car pile-up results in a young man's death.
20 11 "Wedderburn (Causeway)" 18 July 2011 (2011-07-18)
The unit's Grant Holman uses all his professionalism when, following an accident involving two vehicles, the distraught sister of a dead driver disputes the other driver's story.
21 12 "Kurrajong" 25 July 2011 (2011-07-25)
Documentary following New South Wales police officers as they try to uncover the cause of fatal incidents.


  1. ^ "Serious Crash Unit – SCU". Greenstone TV. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Knox, David (13 August 2008). "Car crash telly". TV Tonight. Retrieved 20 August 2008. 
  3. ^ Knox, David (13 August 2008). "Car crash telly". TV Tonight. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Tribal Mind", Sun-Herald, retrieved 28 April 2008

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