A car accident near Cove City, North Carolina left a nine-year-old girl stranded upside down in a 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for two days. According to the Associated Press, a pedestrian spotted the overturned car and alerted authorities, who discovered the child alive. Temperatures at night dropped below 30 degrees, but the child's coat kept her warm and a supply of Gatorade and Pop-Tarts kept her fed and hydrated until help arrived. Sadly, the accident claimed the life of her 39-year-old father, Douglas Landon. The little girl, meanwhile, is currently recovering at a local hospital. The Washington Post reports that the vehicle's speedometer was stuck at over 100 mph, but friends and colleagues of the victim are quoted as saying that there's no way Landon would have been driving that fast.

Landon's daughter is recovering with her mother, who says that her child is talkative but very upset about the loss of her father. Medical personnel expect her to make a full recovery. Click past the jump for a video clip, and check out the WaPo article for more on this heart-wrenching story.



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      OnTheRocks
      • 3 Years Ago
      Two days that poor child spent in a crushed car with her dead dad. How could anyone joke about. How do you even deal with that? : (
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Poor girl. I can only imagine how hard it would be to lose my dad as well as the fact that she was in the accident. Glad to see she made it out alive at least.
      Agilis
      • 3 Years Ago
      My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. You know, what really opened my eyes on this story is, according to the video, the 9 year old girl was stuck in her seat belt for 2 days UPSIDE DOWN while surviving on gatorade and poptarts. That is simply astonishing. What an amazing little girl.
        danrarbc64
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Agilis
        And she watched her father die. And still had to be in the car after that.
          natron3030
          • 3 Years Ago
          @danrarbc64
          This little girl has faced something more terrify and horrible than most of us will ever face in our lifetimes. Best wishes to her and her family.
      zzg
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Landon's daughter is recovering with her mother", so what did the mother do in those 2 days?
      rex
      • 3 Years Ago
      I saw the interview on FOX with the state trooper. He said the car traveled off road the distance of X (cannot recall the number of feet) but showed the car was traveling at a high rate of speed. Did not know if there were defects to the car or what caused the wreck. He said that it was apparent that the father lived for awhile as the psotion of the father showed he was trying to reach his daughter. Sad, very sad deal.
      Douglas Harry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pfft...2 days? Lightweight. I've survived on Pop Tarts and Gatorade for my entire adult life.
        Blurider
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Douglas Harry
        Haha, I get it, but PS. Your dead father's corpse is 3 feet away from you.
      Esteban Rápido
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe I'm an a-hole for pointing this out but North Carolina + Monte Carlo = wannabe nascar racer gone wrong
      nst1o1
      • 3 Years Ago
      I couldn't even imagine; trapped with the body of a parent... She sounds like a tough girl. Prayers to her and her family.
      CWT092079
      • 3 Years Ago
      If the car was upside down with the motor running and still in gear, the wheels could easily spin up to and over 100mph if the gas pedal was pressed. That's the most likely story.
        EB110Americana
        • 3 Years Ago
        @CWT092079
        I hadn't thought of that, but yeah, it makes a lot more sense than the assumption that the car crashed at 100mph and the speedo stuck there when everything was smashed up. If the car hit something hard enough to cause enough massive mechanical and/or electrical failure for the speedometer to stop working and freeze in place, and the speed it was doing at that exact instant was 100 mph, I doubt the daughter or father would have survived the moment of impact. Then again, for all we know the gauge was stuck like that for a couple of years now and no one ever bothered to fix it. Godspeed to you little girl. Sounds like you are a fighter after what you've survived, so keep on stayin' strong.
        BIGBLOCK472
        • 3 Years Ago
        @CWT092079
        When a car is utilizing cruise contol and the drive wheels are lifted off the pavement (like what happened when this car flipped) the engine will rev wildly and the front wheels will "speed up." This is likely what happened in this case. As the car was upside down, the engine probably died of oil starvation and locked up up at a high RPM with speedometer needle planted firmly in the triple digits. That said, this explanation better fits a car with a cable speedo, versus and electronic one that is found in front wheel drive based Monte Carlo.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      - v o c t u s -
      • 3 Years Ago
      not a future automotive enthusiast here
      Oceanblue78
      • 3 Years Ago
      God was watching over her. Sad story. Thank God they found her alive. As for he car, I don't know the situation as none of us do but the speedo stuck at 100mph plus?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Oceanblue78
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        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Oceanblue78
        Accelerator could have been pinned down in a roll or something along those lines. Who knows.
        mrpinto
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Oceanblue78
        Interesting that God would put her through this instead of, say, saving her car from the accident or her father from death, or having the car get found in 20 minutes instead of 2 days, or whatever. I guess that's why they say that thing about "mysterious ways."
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