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NBCNEWS.COM - An Ames woman whose accelerator got stuck as she drove up Interstate Highway 35 in Missouri managed to control the vehicle even as speeds topped 110 mph and she was forced to the median several times to avoid other drivers, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.
Patrol spokesman Sheldon Lyon praised Lauri Ulvestad, 47, for not crashing her 2011 Kia Sorento as she weaved through traffic and a construction zone with no way to slow down.
"Not only to drive fast, but to go into the median, pull back up into the passing lane and hit that asphalt lip - and not overcorrect - it was really amazing to see her do that repeatedly," Lyon said.
Ulvestad was driving north on the interstate near Bethany, Mo., on Sunday when she realized her accelerator was stuck. Panicked, she called 911 and soon two state troopers caught up with her. One pulled in front of her to alert traffic ahead, while the other stayed behind her.
Lyon said the three cars covered 59 miles in 35 minutes before the woman's vehicle suddenly slowed and came to a stop on the inside shoulder near Osceola, Ia., about 40 miles north of the state line.
Ulvestad told KCCI-TV in Des Moines that as she passed Osceola she was told to lift up the accelerator and push on the brake. click here to read more