Highway terror: Teens escape runaway car
A scene of terror unfolded on I-81Tuesday afternoon, April 9, when two Harrisonburg teenagers found themselves in a car that accelerated out of control to 110 mph, leading the two to leap from the moving vehicle seconds before police engaged in a controlled collision that forced it into the guardrail.
According to a release from Virginia State Police, 19-year-old Amy D. Guevara was driving the 1998 Mazda Protege south on I-81 at the 230 mile marker near Weyer's Cave when she discovered the brakes were not working. Her passenger, 19-year-old Sean Wies, also of Harrisonburg, called 911 and a scene worthy of a movie– complete with miraculous ending– unfolded.
State Police and Augusta County Sheriff's deputies dispatched to I-81 caught up with the car, and while the dispatcher offered the teens various solutions to stop the car– none of them successful– officers cleared the road of vehicles to prevent a high speed collision, then prepared to take drastic action by forcing the runaway vehicle into the guardrail.
"The teens were wearing their seatbelts," says State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller, noting that the vehicle was traveling upwards of 100 mph, when the teens made the decision to leap on their own.
In the 911 tape, Geller says, the teens sound remarkably calm as they contemplate throwing themselves out of the vehicle onto the pavement.
According to the release, state Trooper C.J. Aikens positioned his vehicle in front of the by then-empty Mazda to stop and force it into the guard rail off the left shoulder of the southbound lanes of I-81.
To the shock of police and rescue responders, Geller says, Guevara was apparently unharmed and Wies suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Both teens were able to give statements, and Wies and Trooper Aikens were transported to Augusta Health for treatment.
The incident is being investigated, and no charges will be filed.
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