Girl Survives 2 Days Trapped in Car With Dead Dad
Jordan Landon, age 9, was stuck upside down
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2011 9:07 AM CST
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(Newser) – A truly astonishing tale of survival out of North Carolina: A 9-year-old girl managed to survive for more than 43 hours stuck upside down after the car her father was driving crashed. Jordan Landon was trapped by her seatbelt from about 10pm Friday until her Sunday night rescue, reports the Sun Journal. "She ate Pop Tarts and Gatorade while she waited for help," says a sergeant with the NC Highway Patrol. Her father, Douglas, 39, died from his injuries. "He was curled up in a ball with his arm right across his chest and his other arm pushed out across Jordan. He was trying to hold her and trying to keep her protected," says a family friend.

Though alcohol is not currently suspected as a contributing factor, police recovered the speedometer, which was stuck at 110mph, reports ABC News. The car "ran off the road to the right and into a steep ditch bank. The car went airborne and was inverted as it hit a cluster of trees," the sergeant explained. A passerby happened to notice the 1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo while out walking. Police initially believed Jordan was dead, until she managed to make a sound. The story's unbelievably bizarre twist: WCTI reports that Jordan's mother set out on Saturday to look for the pair—and crashed her own car 100 feet from where her daughter was pinned. She survived, but rescuers never spotted Landon's wreck.

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Sep 13, 2012 2:31 PM CDT
I'm not sure what the speedometer being stuck at 110 (presumably the max) has to do with anything. When people are in a crash they...wait for it...brace themselves for impact. One way you brace yourself is by stamping your foot down to the firewall. Sometimes the gas pedal is in the way. Since the car went upside down, the poor guy was probably trying to brace himself as the car rolled...and hit the accelerator...which means the wheels would have quickly sped up to the max speed. Thus the speedo being pegged. Luckily the investigators aren't eager to sensationalize a story like a media whore is. They're no doubt aware of what I just said.
Sep 12, 2012 3:38 PM CDT
@newser-50360515:disqus You don't think that being trapped in a car with your deceased father might cause a little bit of added trauma to that little child?! Are you serious? Can you imagine being that little girl, calling to her dad to help her, talk to her, ANYTHING...repeatedly and being met with silence? Can you imagine how terrifying that might be? Even more so than the crash itself I would imagine. At some point she had to realize he was dead. You don't suppose that might be a devastating realization. Even if she didn't consciously know, she knew her dad was not talking to her, no matter what she did or how loud she screamed, her dad was not responding. Your flippant comment about "eating her brains" was stupid. Obviously you don't have children. If you do, I'm concerned for them. What an idiotic thing to say.
Feb 4, 2012 9:22 PM CST
FreeThemAll - do you not realize that requiring people to be monitored by "on-star" or any other monitoring device is the opposite of free. I chose to be free and giving the government the power to force me to be monitored is not something I am willing to do. It amazes me how many freedoms people are willing to give up. The government cannot protect all people from all bad events. Sometimes life happens, and I like it better when it is free!