It's very tragic when these things occur,an accident like this could have been avoided simply be using common sense instead of the she'll be right attitude that a lot of us seem to have.
But, you would have thought that with a few people around, someone should have known better.
Yeah it wasn't the tow ball that broke, it was the tongue and the sleeve as well which broke away from the reciever that all went flying. Other reports say it narrowly missed the driver of the recovery vehicle before hitting the passenger in the back seat. Apparently it all kept going through the back window as well taking the whole snatch strap out with it too.Apparantly, the the pintle was welded into the receiver!! Not very well obviously. The whole lot came apart and straight through the winscreen. Not good at all.