I was reading through El Reg this morning and I came across this. Seems a BMW 318's accelerator got stuck and the car reached speeds of 130mph+ before crashing into a round-about and bursting into flames. Crikey! Thankfully, the driver wasn't badly injured in the ordeal and was able to walk away from the accident.
I had a similar situation happen to me a few years ago in a 1984 Dodge Caravan 4cyl 5speed. We were cruising down the highway and my mom's friend had gone out around a tractor-trailer to pass it. The accelerator cable stuck in the full throttle position and we kept accelerating. The driver started to panic, as she didn't know what to do, so I reached over and pulled the transmission into neutral. We got onto the shoulder and were able to stop the rig. The van then buried the needle on the tach (it went up to 8000 RPM, IIRC) and stayed there until the engine literally revved itself to death. I think one of the pistons let go from the crankshaft. Turns out it was a botched restore job by the driver's husband.
Anyone else here at the 'Fritter have a similar experience?