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2005 Spectra Cranks but won't start after accident

Hey all, I'm new on this forum and I'm just trying to help out a friend who tool a spill in some freezing rain a couple of months ago.

The car cranks(not slow or struggling) but just won't start. As far as mechanical parts go, the radiator/radiator support and fan/fan housing took the brunt of the hit and are busted in but there's still about an inch or two of clearance from the engine and the manifold so there isn't any visible harm there. There isn't coolant in the oil so the head gasket should be okay. The fuel indicator reads at a quarter tank so there isn't a fuel breach.

Hypothetically if the radiator and fan were the only parts damaged, the car should still turn over, right? What else should I do to diagnose this? I've attached some pictures I took for my own reference.

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Check all fuses under the hood for being blown caused by possible wire harness damage. Also just turn the key to on position(not crank) and listen for a short 3 to 5 second hum of the fuel pump to tell if that is working.
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Check all fuses under the hood for being blown caused by possible wire harness damage. Also just turn the key to on position(not crank) and listen for a short 3 to 5 second hum of the fuel pump to tell if that is working.
Thank you for the quick reply. I'll try these steps tomorrow and see if I can narrow the culprit/s.
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Just to clarify, you have a crank, no run situation, correct..?

Have you checked for spark?

Turn over is same as crank..

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The Spectra has an inertia sensor located on the front strut tower that in your case is probably tripped...
It just needs to be reset...
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The Spectra has an inertia sensor located on the front strut tower that in your case is probably tripped...
It just needs to be reset...

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This was the problem! The car now runs!

That sensor must have been tripped during the accident. The button to reset the switch was located in the back of the engine bay on the drivers side. Thank you, everyone for the input!
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