Two news reports surfaced in the last 48 hours concerning Saab 9000s getting into places their owners would prefer they didn’t. One with tragic consequences and the other, well, slightly amusing. Both Saab owners emerged from their vehicles and will be OK.
The tragic accident involves a 9000 travelling on the A1 in England. A late model Rover pulled out in front of the 9000 driver and unable to stop, he T-boned the car. The elderly driver of the Rover and a male passenger were pronounced dead at the scene, and an elderly female passenger died some time later in hospital.
This is a local policeman, From the report:
We do not know if the Rover was going to turn right for Newcastle or go straight across to Amble and the coast, but you have got to wait in the central reservation. The Saab T-boned into the middle of the Rover car. You could not get more central. There is no time to brake…..
….The driver of the Saab was very lucky to get out of his car. It was a miracle.
The driver of the 9000 sustained some serious injuries in the form of a broken leg, broken arm and broken ribs, but will still able to extricate himself from the wreckage prior to it bursting into flames.
He’s going to be OK, thanks largely to an old but still incredibly safe Saab design.
The second 9000 story of the day also involves a crash, but one that’s amusing rather than tragic.
It involves a woman and a trip to the shops:
At about 9:30, a shopper pulled her 1994 SAAB into the store’s parking lot. The woman said that her car suddenly lurched forward.
The next thing she knew, she was inside the store.
She says that she was putting the car into ‘Park’ when it just jumped forward on her. Riiiight. She ended up going through a plate glass window and doing some direct drive-thru where there wasn’t a drive-thru facility.
There’s a video at that link as well. A news report from the local TV station.
I’d have thought the car would have been OK to drive out of the store again, but they show it getting towed. Go figure.