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French driver trapped for an hour in speeding 125mph car with no brakes
02-14-2013, 03:40 PM #1
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When Frank Lecerf drove off to do his weekly supermarket shop in northern France, he was not expecting to embark on a high-speed car chase that would force him over the Belgian border and on to the national news bulletins.

Lecerf has filed a legal complaint after his Renault Laguna, which is adapted for disabled drivers, jammed at 200km/h (125mph) and the brakes failed, forcing him to continue careering along a vast stretch of French motorway and into Belgium. Police gave chase until he ran out of petrol and crashed into a ditch.

The 36 year old was on a dual carriageway on his way to a hypermarket when the car's speed first jammed at 60mph. Each time he tried to brake, the car accelerated, eventually reaching 125mph and sticking there.

more here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb...-car-chase
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02-14-2013, 03:52 PM #2
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What a nightmare. damned.gif I read too he had a couple of epileptic seizures during the insane drive. Amazing he didn't crash.
02-14-2013, 05:08 PM #3
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That must have been horrifying...

And while the police are chasing him thinking hes an escaping criminal or something...

Did this happen in the day time or night?

I've had dreams about similar things happening to me,i mean nightmares,about driving in a car that starts going faster and faster...

He couldnt just turn off the cars ignition and roll to a stop?

Or shift into neutral and apply the emergency break?

Hollywood will soon be calling him with stunt car driver job offers (*-*)
02-14-2013, 06:28 PM #4
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(02-14-2013, 05:08 PM)Beyond Smolensk Wrote:  That must have been horrifying...

And while the police are chasing him thinking hes an escaping criminal or something...

Did this happen in the day time or night?

I've had dreams about similar things happening to me,i mean nightmares,about driving in a car that starts going faster and faster...

He couldnt just turn off the cars ignition and roll to a stop?

Or shift into neutral and apply the emergency break?

Hollywood will soon be calling him with stunt car driver job offers (*-*)


good points but I am not sure if the e-brake works if he had lost pressure in the brake lines
02-14-2013, 08:43 PM #5
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(02-14-2013, 06:28 PM)I⊥∀NIW∩LLIʞ Wrote:  
(02-14-2013, 05:08 PM)Beyond Smolensk Wrote:  That must have been horrifying...

And while the police are chasing him thinking hes an escaping criminal or something...

Did this happen in the day time or night?

I've had dreams about similar things happening to me,i mean nightmares,about driving in a car that starts going faster and faster...

He couldnt just turn off the cars ignition and roll to a stop?

Or shift into neutral and apply the emergency break?

Hollywood will soon be calling him with stunt car driver job offers (*-*)


good points but I am not sure if the e-brake works if he had lost pressure in the brake lines

True,but what about turning off the ignition and rolling to a stop?
02-14-2013, 08:51 PM #6
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The key in my ignition wont pull out and turn off the engine,unless the car is in park,which could be a problem in a similar situation as this guy was in and if he was driving a car with a keyless ignition,couldnt he have just pushed the ignition button and turned off the engine and rolled to a stop? shifting into neutral should have solved his mechanical nightmare,maybe?
02-14-2013, 08:58 PM #7
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If these computer cars don't allow emergency maneuvres, then the car mfgs. should think about installing in a easy to access, covered, shut off switch near the ignition switch opening.
02-14-2013, 09:19 PM #8
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(02-14-2013, 08:58 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  If these computer cars don't allow emergency maneuvres, then the car mfgs. should think about installing in a easy to access, covered, shut off switch near the ignition switch opening.


Snowmobiles and almost any other dangerous equipment have a kill switch.

Put a red button on the dash that kills the engine.
02-14-2013, 09:24 PM #9
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(02-14-2013, 09:19 PM)オタマジャクシ Wrote:  
(02-14-2013, 08:58 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  If these computer cars don't allow emergency maneuvres, then the car mfgs. should think about installing in a easy to access, covered, shut off switch near the ignition switch opening.


Snowmobiles and almost any other dangerous equipment have a kill switch.

Put a red button on the dash that kills the engine.


Exactly.
02-14-2013, 10:18 PM #10
Octo Mother Superior
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Well this woman could have stopped the car at any time, but didn't blink.gif

Quote:Put too much faith in technology and you may wind up in Croatia. A 67-year-old woman from Belgium learned that the hard way after she followed (faulty) directions from her GPS device.

The woman only wanted to go about 90 miles from her hometown of Hainault Erquelinnes, Belgium, to pick up a friend at the Brussels train station. Her GPS device sent her about 900 miles to the south before (during the second day of driving) she realized that something was amiss.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/wom...05523.html

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02-14-2013, 10:24 PM #11
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(02-14-2013, 10:18 PM)Octo Wrote:  Well this woman could have stopped the car at any time, but didn't blink.gif

Quote:Put too much faith in technology and you may wind up in Croatia. A 67-year-old woman from Belgium learned that the hard way after she followed (faulty) directions from her GPS device.

The woman only wanted to go about 90 miles from her hometown of Hainault Erquelinnes, Belgium, to pick up a friend at the Brussels train station. Her GPS device sent her about 900 miles to the south before (during the second day of driving) she realized that something was amiss.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/wom...05523.html

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hmm.gif That story seems very odd.

02-14-2013, 10:27 PM #12
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Quote:I was distracted, so I kept driving. I saw all kinds of traffic signs, first in French, then German and finally in Croatian, but I kept driving because I was distracted. Suddenly I appeared in Zagreb and I realized I wasn't in Belgium anymore.

Distracted? If you're that distracted you probably should stay away from driving altogether. damned.gif
02-14-2013, 10:28 PM #13
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(02-14-2013, 10:27 PM)Octo Wrote:  
Quote:I was distracted, so I kept driving. I saw all kinds of traffic signs, first in French, then German and finally in Croatian, but I kept driving because I was distracted. Suddenly I appeared in Zagreb and I realized I wasn't in Belgium anymore.

Distracted? If you're that distracted you probably should stay away from driving altogether. damned.gif


Also, driving over 24 hours without sleep. damned.gif
02-14-2013, 10:41 PM #14
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I think the article said she did stop for gas and sleep, but still. bozo.gif
02-14-2013, 10:51 PM #15
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(02-14-2013, 10:41 PM)Octo Wrote:  I think the article said she did stop for gas and sleep, but still. bozo.gif


I shudda read the article. Oh well.



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