Car Brakes Fail, Teens Eject Themselves on I-81 in Augusta

There are 69 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Apr 6, 2013, titled Car Brakes Fail, Teens Eject Themselves on I-81 in Augusta. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

AUGUSTA CO. A teenager and a state police sergeant are being treated for injuries sustained in a high-speed incident on Interstate 81 Tuesday afternoon in Augusta County, Va.

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More BS

Waynesboro, VA

#1 Apr 9, 2013
Was the emergency brake working at all. Must not have been not even to slow it down some..Also Never seen a car you couldn't shift up in neutral even when moving. So let the motor blow...
dweeb

Orange, VA

#2 Apr 9, 2013
My car can be put in neutral. I wonder why this one could not be.
Chuck

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Apr 9, 2013
I'm missing something here. How is jumping from a car that is traveling at 100 MPH safer than just shutting off its engine while it is going uphill?

I hope everyone recovers quickly and fully.
Local View 9

Greenbelt, MD

#4 Apr 9, 2013
Another how stupid can you be driving a car. Either put it in netural and let it coast to a stop or turn the key off to just kill the engine but not lock the steering wheel and coast to a stop. Glad they are ok, but she needs license revoked until drivers education can be completed. And yes I have been in this position before and caused no harm to anybody, myself or property.
peoplearecrazy

Washington, DC

#5 Apr 9, 2013
Come on now,turn off switch,e brake,neutral,there's several things the kid should have tried,then jumping from car moving at 100 or more MPH.Lucky it didn't kill both driver and passenger.Something doesn't smell right here,I'm laughing my hindend off as I'm typing!
Think About It

Herndon, VA

#6 Apr 9, 2013
"The dispatcher passed along various solutions for the driver to do in an attempt to get the car stopped."

I would assume they tried all of those suggestions before bailing out and trying to corral the car.
Adam

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Apr 9, 2013
Shift to neutral is not a good idea.Speed will increase due to decrease in engine drag. Downshift to lower gear is the solution in most cases.
Alex Wray

Hillsville, VA

#8 Apr 9, 2013
Hackers wtf
WAT

Keswick, VA

#9 Apr 9, 2013
WADIYA FOOK HOW DO U JUMP OUT A CAR GOING 110 MPH.
Alex Wray

Hillsville, VA

#10 Apr 9, 2013
It was like need 4 speed.
The TRUTH

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Apr 9, 2013
High Speed CHINESE FIRE DRILL ACCOMPLISHED!

You kids are in the club now!
lastresort

Washington, DC

#12 Apr 9, 2013
Seems reckless to bail and leave a hurtling vehicle uncontrolled. oo many action movies, not enough common sense.
Michael

Rocky Mount, VA

#13 Apr 9, 2013
Exactly how does one jump out of a car moving 100 mph and not kill or seriously hurt themselves? Something doesn't add up with this story...
paix

Rocky Mount, VA

#14 Apr 9, 2013
also, pulling an emergency brake at that speed is a certain spin out/roll scenario for an inexperienced driver. if the accelerator was stuck, the emergency brake may have just burned up anyway. i googled protege stuck accelerator and there was a ton of hits...check it out. i will assume that the VSP dispatcher went through all possible options. amazing that they had the nerve to jump from a car moving 100mph...even more amazing that the were not injured seriously.
Lemmy

Moneta, VA

#15 Apr 9, 2013
The TRUTH wrote:
High Speed CHINESE FIRE DRILL ACCOMPLISHED!
You kids are in the club now!
This isn't Reddit.
Ray Ray

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Apr 9, 2013
Turn off the engine!!! Smart people here?
Ray Ray

Charlottesville, VA

#17 Apr 9, 2013
Bet they were democrats!
Dude

Bumpass, VA

#18 Apr 9, 2013
Adam wrote:
Shift to neutral is not a good idea.Speed will increase due to decrease in engine drag. Downshift to lower gear is the solution in most cases.
Clearly, what we have here is a physics major in a vacuum.
More BS

Waynesboro, VA

#19 Apr 9, 2013
Adam wrote:
Shift to neutral is not a good idea.Speed will increase due to decrease in engine drag. Downshift to lower gear is the solution in most cases.
Your wrong---How the heck can the speed increase when not in a forward drive gear---like neutral...
Fayt

Charlottesville, VA

#20 Apr 9, 2013
If police were in front of the car, why didn't they lock bumpers and slow down the vehicle?

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