• Feb 18, 2010
It seems we just can't keep unintended acceleration incidents out of the news these days. The latest report of such an occurrence comes from Ellijay, Georgia, where a 1995 Volvo 960 (nope, not a Toyota this time) barreled through the crowd of bidders at Blue Ridge Auto Auction at about 8:15 in the evening on Tuesday.

According to Gilmer County sheriff's investigators, 27 of the 100 or so people in the crowded building were injured, six of which were airlifted to nearby hospitals. At least one patient reportedly remains in critical condition and three were treated for their injuries and released.

The driver of the Volvo was uninjured in the accident, and no charges have thus far been filed. Reports Gilmer County Sheriff Stacy Nicholson, "The preliminary report we're getting from people on the scene is the gas pedal did hang up. It did bring them through the structure part of the building."

The final cause of the accident is still under investigation, and police are saying it will likely be a few more days to determine whether or not the accelerator was stuck open. Click here for a video from Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL.

[Source: WCGL Atlanta]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      What are the chances of the only Volvo in Georgia being involved in this?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not the only Volvo in Georgia that suddenly accelerated. My 1998 S90 did it in my garage. Can someone help me get some help?
      • 4 Years Ago
      What we know:

      It's a .FIFTEEN YEAR OLD car!

      What we don't know:

      How many miles on it? Volvos are known for racking up hundreds of thousands of miles.

      What kind of condition was it in?
      How well was it maintained?
      Had it ever been in an accident?
      What surface was it being driven on? Pavement, gravel, dirt, grass?
      Why is the media HELLBENT on blaming every malfunction on the manufacturer?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Chances are if it were at an auction, UP for auction, it was a repo or a crappy dealer trade in, and someone was trying to offload it for cheap because it needed too much work to be sold on said dealer's lot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I still don't get why people won't simply brake and/or put the car in neutral and/or pull the handbrake and/or flip the ignition when the gas pedal "sticks".

      I mean, there's AT LEAST those four things you can do to stop the car. Do people panic in such a way that they can't figure that out?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because people are STOOOOPID
      • 4 Years Ago
      I bet it caught throttle HIV from being parked next to a Camry. Looks like we better call Dustin Hoffman. My car's going into quarantine.......
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Commander Cool: lol.
        @ Rich: dude, take a pill and relax, stop being an a**hole.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Hi, my name's humor, it's nice to meet you."

        I know what HIV stands for and I know it's only transmitted through bodily fluids, I just felt like taking a cheap shot at Toyota and quick referencing 'Outbreak.'
      • 4 Years Ago
      This unitended acceleration is spreading like car-AIDS.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, because cars have unprotected sex and all that.

        Try pulling a wisecrack like that at work. See how long you stay in your job.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope we don't start seeing every potentially isolated incident involving "acceleration" accidents become "front page" stories. Even though most will probably turn out to be human error or some other non-engineering issue, the featured car (Volvo in this case) ends up taking unjustified criticism.
      • 4 Years Ago
      All this could be prevented if we all drove manuals.
      Just slam on the clutch and the breaks. Wohoo.
      Engine? Destroyed. People: Still alive.

      There is a dash of sarcasm here, btw.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You can pop an auto into neutral just as easily as a manual. Its 1 click up from D.
      • 4 Years Ago
      oh puleeze. 960 has a cable throttle and a cruise control operated by vacuum. no effing way it's gonna go kamikaze like a new camry.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What, cable throttles don't get stuck now?! Are you kidding me? Lots of times on older cars you get rust built up in the passageway that the cable goes through in the firewall and eventually you get exactly that-a stuck throttle cable. It's like everyone suddenly forgot that mechanical things can malfunction too just because electronics can. Totally illogical.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Must have been driver error.
      • 4 Years Ago
      interesting...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Have you ever heard of the "Italian Cruise Control" It has been going on for LONG time. It is when the floormat jambs under the pedal. It can scare the crap out of you, but it is easily disabled in 1/2 second. (Very difficult technique Toyota drivers have yet to learn)

      Rich, buddy. Having a bad day? Sand in your panties?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think I may know what caused the problem, the cruise control. I had a 1987 740 turbo that did accelorate when at low speeds when the cruise control was on and set for a higher speed. If the driver just happened to just litely tap the resume while moving it will do just that and trust me its a scary thing. I am not blaming the driver at all, the person may not even have known they touched it. The placement of the resume is near wear your hand placement on the steering wheel and can be tapped accidentally resulting in rapid acceloration.
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