Rube Goldberg Accident

An unusual accident that recently occurred outside a post office in Kingmont, West Virginia has elements of a Rube Goldberg contraption.

An 87-year-old woman was backing out of her parking spot when she accidentally hit the accelerator. This caused her car to spin 180 degrees and hit a van.

The van was knocked to the side and hit a jeep.

The jeep started to roll forward and hit a concrete barrier.

The poles holding the concrete barrier in place snapped, and the barrier fell over, landing on the foot of 75-year-old Patricia Piercy.

Piercy was subsequently taken to the hospital for her foot injury. She was the only one hurt.

     Posted By: Alex - Wed Apr 13, 2016
     Category: Accidents

Wonder what the odds on that are?
Posted by bitey on 04/13/16 at 04:08 PM
As much as I love my hobby VWs and love to drive them, I swear I will give up driving when it comes time to do so. I see people every day who shouldn't be operating a motor vehicle and worry about sharing the road with them. I don't want to put that same worry into others as I get older.

The instigator's fault was confusing the brake for the accelerator. All my vehicles are standard shift but when I get into an autoshift car, I use one foot on the brake and one on the gas. It used to drive my mother nuts when I drove her car with her as a passenger.
Posted by KDP on 04/13/16 at 05:59 PM
Hitting the wrong pedal is the very reason they teach new drivers not to use both feet in an automatic shift. The fact that you use both feet in a standard shift makes it second nature to do the same in an automatic.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/14/16 at 08:54 AM
Tangential to mixing up the accelerator and brake pedals, I've found that many cars-- newer cars? I don't remember this being a problem on any of my cars prior to my '06 Passat-- don't have enough separation between the two; I frequently clip the edge of the brake pedal with my shoe, unless I keep my foot pressed right up against the wall of the foot-well. A loaner Toyota was so bad I was in constant fear of pushing on both simultaneously.
Posted by Justin S. on 04/14/16 at 03:32 PM
Yes, this. I have had that issue a time or two in the work truck, perhaps due to larger work boots. Also my new (to me) Impala. Used to it now in both though. Always have to get a feel for how a different vehicle drives.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/14/16 at 03:48 PM
<ornery European>This wouldn't have happened if you simpleton colonials would just drive proper cars as we do in the Mother Continent!</ornery>

Mind you, were I the victim in this, provided I got compensated decently I'd be proud to have taken part in such a noteworthy incident. I mean, you could get your foot injured by having any old geezer run over it with a Walmart trolley, or be bitten by next door's Pomeranian, but this? This is worth bragging to your grand-children about.
Posted by Richard Bos on 04/15/16 at 01:09 PM
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