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Cruise control driver's call of terror released
Nine News ^ | December 16, 2009

Posted on 12/16/2009 8:06:23 AM PST by myknowledge

The frantic triple-0 call from a Melbourne motorist whose cruise control jammed has been released.

Chase Weir can be heard screaming "Oh my God, Oh my God, I'm gonna die!" as he veered onto the wrong side of the road near the end of his hair-raising 30-minute ordeal through Melbourne's east.

Earlier, he can be heard becoming panicked as he attempts to slow the 2002 Ford Explorer.

The cruise control originally became stuck on 100km/h on the Eastern Freeway in Kew, with Mr Weir's attempts to brake having little effect.

"It slows down to about 80 and then the car just accelerates ... the brake pedal gets really hard to push," the 22-year-old says to the emergency operator.

The operator then asks him to turn off the engine.

"No, the key won't actually move," Mr Weir replies.

"I tried ringing Ford and they said the key wouldn't move."

He tried to switch the 4WD into neutral but he is heard saying on the tape "the button won't push in."

Triple-0 operator Sgt Marnie Goldsmith continually tries to keep the driver calm.

"Listen — we're on the freeway, there's no need to panic, Chase," Sgt Goldsmith says.

"I'm doing my best," Mr Weir replies.

A police escort had been attempting to clear a path for the out-of-control car as it hurtled down the Eastlink roadway.

But in the southeast suburb of Frankston banked-up cars near Monash University forced Weir into oncoming traffic.

"I just went onto the wrong side of the road!" he yells.

"I need you with all your strength to go on the brake, as well as the handbrake," Sgt Goldsmith orders as Mr Weir screams in the background.

A police officer on the scene can then be heard saying that he has finally stopped, half an hour and over 40km from where he first encountered difficulties.

Mr Weir has since been treated for shock and was today reunited with Sgt Goldsmith, who has been praised for her handling of the bizarre and frightening situation.


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: australia; chaseweir; cruisecontrol; fordexplorer; speeding
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Ford Explorer

Chase Weir and Sgt. Marnie Goldsmith, Victoria Police.

1 posted on 12/16/2009 8:06:24 AM PST by myknowledge
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To: myknowledge

built ford “tough”.


2 posted on 12/16/2009 8:08:14 AM PST by gop4lyf (Obama wants to raise taxes and kill babies. Palin wants to raise babies and kill taxes.)
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To: myknowledge

So EVERYTHING failed at once. Except the cruise control? Huh...


3 posted on 12/16/2009 8:10:30 AM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: myknowledge

A vehicle that can’t be switched into neutral while moving? I’ve never seen one.


4 posted on 12/16/2009 8:11:10 AM PST by Graybeard58 ("Get lost, Mitt. You're the Eddie Haskell of the Republican party." (Finny))
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To: myknowledge

I’ve never owned a vehicle that you could not turn off with the key while driving. Is this something new?


5 posted on 12/16/2009 8:11:35 AM PST by BBell
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To: gop4lyf
So what would have happened if he sinply killed the ignition?
6 posted on 12/16/2009 8:11:35 AM PST by Nashvegas (What do you get if you offer a liberal a penny for their thoughts? Change)
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To: gop4lyf
Pop it into neutral and let the engine blow.

Sounds like someone panicked.

7 posted on 12/16/2009 8:11:40 AM PST by Dead Corpse (III)
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To: myknowledge

Was this a cruise control issue or another case of unintended acceleration? There are some interesting discussions about UI at edmunds.com. People cannot seem to agree on exactly what the problem is, but the current recommendation is to put the vehicle in neutral. Turning off the engine will mean you lose all power, and braking does not seem to work.

Toyota/Lexus has had the most number of UI incidents, followed (but way behind) by Ford.


8 posted on 12/16/2009 8:12:06 AM PST by Pining_4_TX
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To: gop4lyf
And I suppose turning the ignition off would be too much trouble? Maybe bump the shifter into neutral?

Sheesh!

Chane title to "Smart Driver Smells Big Lawsuit"

9 posted on 12/16/2009 8:12:16 AM PST by blackdog
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To: gop4lyf

Somethin’ smells fishy here ....


10 posted on 12/16/2009 8:12:25 AM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: shibumi; Slings and Arrows; Markos33; valkyry1

BAN PIT SUVs!


11 posted on 12/16/2009 8:12:58 AM PST by Salamander (I'm sure I need some rest but sleepin' don't come very easy in a straight white vest.....)
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To: myknowledge

Not even a skid mark?


12 posted on 12/16/2009 8:13:03 AM PST by stuartcr (If we are truly made in the image of God, why do we have faults?)
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To: myknowledge

Uh, move it into Neutral, idiot.


13 posted on 12/16/2009 8:13:47 AM PST by ConservativeMind (Hypocrisy: "Animal rightists" who eat meat & pen up pets while accusing hog farmers of cruelty.)
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To: BBell

This must have been a ‘safety feature’ on ‘Built Ford Tough’ Explorer SUVs. No way you could kill the engine without damaging the transmission.


14 posted on 12/16/2009 8:14:09 AM PST by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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To: blackdog
And I suppose turning the ignition off would be too much trouble? Maybe bump the shifter into neutral?

I suppose reading the article would be too much trouble?

15 posted on 12/16/2009 8:14:52 AM PST by r9etb
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To: myknowledge

Hmmm. Seems like a whole lot of things failed at once. Cruise control, ignition key, brake, button on the stick...


16 posted on 12/16/2009 8:15:16 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (LIBERTY)
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To: myknowledge

Unbelievable.

No, I mean REALLY unbelievable.

As in, I don’t believe a WORD of his “story”.


17 posted on 12/16/2009 8:15:31 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: myknowledge

Reality Show wannabe.


18 posted on 12/16/2009 8:16:13 AM PST by pabianice
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To: Robe

Chase Weir and Sgt. Marnie Goldsmith, Victoria Police.

Looks like sparks flying here in this pic, no? Great way to meet a cute female cop.

“Help...help me unstick my accelerator” What a great line!


19 posted on 12/16/2009 8:16:42 AM PST by downtownconservative (As Obama lies, liberty dies!)
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To: myknowledge

This happened to us on vacation when I was a kid...Dad just had cruise put on our ‘75 Cutlass. A couple of hours into the trip he couldn’t disengage it...I think he ended up just shutting the car off, but it was scary there for a couple of minutes.


20 posted on 12/16/2009 8:16:59 AM PST by opus86
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BS meter is off the chart


21 posted on 12/16/2009 8:17:04 AM PST by Whoa
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To: myknowledge; Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!

Help, the devil’s in my car
Devil’s in my car,
whoa please Let me be alone

B-52s


22 posted on 12/16/2009 8:17:14 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Question authority!Who is the University of East Anglia to drive the 'Global Climate Change' agenda?)
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To: stuartcr

NO, NOT ON THE ROAD..............


23 posted on 12/16/2009 8:17:18 AM PST by Red Badger (Obama - The first ever elected lame duck..............)
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To: blackdog
I recommend reading the article before posting.

“The operator then asks him to turn off the engine.

“No, the key won't actually move,” Mr Weir replies.

He tried to switch the 4WD into neutral but he is heard saying on the tape “the button won't push in.”

24 posted on 12/16/2009 8:17:35 AM PST by Gettin Betta
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To: Dead Corpse

“He tried to switch the 4WD into neutral but he is heard saying on the tape “the button won’t push in.””

I don’t even read English well.


25 posted on 12/16/2009 8:17:37 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Dead Corpse

Yup.

Exactly the same as the drivers of those Toyotas that “go out of control” when a floormat gets jammed against the accelerator pedal.

People who are that susceptible to blind panic should not be allowed to drive.


26 posted on 12/16/2009 8:18:18 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: ConservativeMind

What a lot of “he didn’t read the article” posts on this thread! ;)


27 posted on 12/16/2009 8:18:28 AM PST by Shimmer1 (Don't worry about the world coming to an end today.It's already tomorrow in Australia(CharlesSchulz))
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To: blackdog

If you turn the ignition off the steering wheel locks up.


28 posted on 12/16/2009 8:18:31 AM PST by ontap
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To: blackdog

“The operator then asks him to turn off the engine.
“No, the key won’t actually move,” Mr Weir replies.”

Read. The. Article.


29 posted on 12/16/2009 8:18:38 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Gettin Betta

I did read the article. And I don’t believe him.


30 posted on 12/16/2009 8:19:22 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: myknowledge

Found On Road Dead


31 posted on 12/16/2009 8:20:12 AM PST by Slicksadick (Go out on a limb........Its where the fruit is.)
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To: Pining_4_TX
You just lose power steering and power brakes when you turn ignition off. They still work.

We used to take rental cars on business trips and floor the accelerator and lock up the emergency brake. You could drag that one wheel @ 80 mph for miles, or until it blew. It's value is as a parking brake only.

Same thing happened to my grandmother in her 1972 Cougar XR7. The only difference was that she was in a shopping mall parking lot. My brother eventually reached up from the back seat and pushed the shifter into neutral. It was a broken motor mount which caused the 351 Cleveland to twist in the mount, pulling on the throttle cable.

32 posted on 12/16/2009 8:20:28 AM PST by blackdog
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To: Red Badger

Rgr that


33 posted on 12/16/2009 8:20:37 AM PST by stuartcr (If we are truly made in the image of God, why do we have faults?)
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To: Gettin Betta

Since when does ANY vehicle need to have a button pressed to achieve “Neutral”?


34 posted on 12/16/2009 8:20:49 AM PST by ConservativeMind (Hypocrisy: "Animal rightists" who eat meat & pen up pets while accusing hog farmers of cruelty.)
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To: ontap

No, it does not lock the steering wheel. That only happens in the remove key position.


35 posted on 12/16/2009 8:22:13 AM PST by blackdog
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To: thefactor

“everything” didn’t fail at once, doesn’t sound like he tried the handbrake until the very end (when he did stop the car).


36 posted on 12/16/2009 8:23:36 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Question authority!Who is the University of East Anglia to drive the 'Global Climate Change' agenda?)
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To: opus86

I had my throttle stick wide open on an ‘81 Olds once. Luckily, I was commuting into Detroit from Ann Arbor. It was rush hour, so I just got into the left lane and cruised at 90mph until I found a decent off-ramp.


37 posted on 12/16/2009 8:23:42 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Shimmer1

There is a difference between not reading the article and not finding the statements to be credible whatsoever.


38 posted on 12/16/2009 8:23:58 AM PST by blackdog
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To: ConservativeMind

The driver may have had 1 tube too many of the frosty amber fluid.


39 posted on 12/16/2009 8:24:20 AM PST by Kenny Bunk ("Let only Americans stand guard tonight." Gen. G. Washington)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

“Hmm..seems like a lot of things failed at once. Cruise control, ignition key, brake,button on stick, BRAIN”


40 posted on 12/16/2009 8:24:33 AM PST by Mountain Mary
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To: ConservativeMind

The driver may have had 1 tube too many of the frosty amber fluid.


41 posted on 12/16/2009 8:24:37 AM PST by Kenny Bunk ("Let only Americans stand guard tonight." Gen. G. Washington)
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To: ConservativeMind

“Since when does ANY vehicle need to have a button pressed to achieve “Neutral”?”

Welcome To ObamaWorld!


42 posted on 12/16/2009 8:25:01 AM PST by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: Slicksadick

Driver
Returning
On
Foot


43 posted on 12/16/2009 8:25:09 AM PST by Past Your Eyes (You don't have to be ignorant to be a Democrat...but if you are...so what?)
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To: ontap

No, you turn the key backwards and the engine stops. You keep turning it MORE and the lock will engage.
This story is so much BS.
But it is feel good lib tard nonsense so the gullible public eats it up.


44 posted on 12/16/2009 8:25:29 AM PST by 9422WMR
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To: Gettin Betta; blackdog
I recommend reading the article before posting.

I recommend having some logical skepticism.

This nancy pants was hysterical. More likely that he was useless and was unable to turn the key or put the shifter in neutral than to have cruise module electrical, brake disconnect electrical, brakes mechanical, parking brakes mechanical, key interlock jam, and transmission linkage jam all simultaneously.

45 posted on 12/16/2009 8:25:37 AM PST by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: ConservativeMind
Since when does ANY vehicle need to have a button pressed to achieve “Neutral”?

Push-button transmissions exist, but they are uncommon.


46 posted on 12/16/2009 8:25:59 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Question authority!Who is the University of East Anglia to drive the 'Global Climate Change' agenda?)
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To: ConservativeMind

The driver may have had 1 tube too many of the frosty amber fluid.


47 posted on 12/16/2009 8:26:39 AM PST by Kenny Bunk ("Let only Americans stand guard tonight." Gen. G. Washington)
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To: blackdog

Your story about your grandmother is PRICELESS. LOL!


48 posted on 12/16/2009 8:27:22 AM PST by Mountain Mary
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To: ConservativeMind

A lot of on the floor automatics have a button on the handle of the shifter you need to push in before the shifter will move.


49 posted on 12/16/2009 8:27:39 AM PST by discostu (The Bluebird of Happiness long absent from his life, Ned is visited by the Chicken of Depression)
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To: r9etb
I suppose reading the article would be too much trouble?

The article does not say. It only talks about disengaging the 4WD. That is not the same level as the gear shift.
50 posted on 12/16/2009 8:27:52 AM PST by TalonDJ
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