You can turn cruise control on Caravan on at low speeds, but can't get a Set on it till about 40mph. Anything under that it won't take, or hold. I think it's more likely someone's foot got jammed onto the accelerator after maybe being knocked out or injured.
While driving back home from Toledo, O. yesterday we came upon an accident scene that couldn't have been 5 minutes old. It turned out to be a fatal as both occupants were ejected during the crash. The accident was already well attended by motorists who'd either been involved, witnessed or just stopped to help. The highway was a debris field and my wife and kids saw one of the two bodies lying by the roadside. I didn't get a clear view due to trying to avoid becoming part of the melee. We saw some folks on the other side of the interstate running through a field toward what appeared to be a vehicle but this was far from the accident scene. We checked for news when arriving home and found this.
I thought that one of the vans we saw on the right hand side of the road might have been involved as it's rear doors were open and debris scattered behind it. I'd guessed this to be the death car and that someone had been tossed from the rear as it was very close to where one victim way lying. I was wrong. It was the vehicle in the bean field. It had traveled over a fairly wide median, crossed the northbound highway, broken through a fence and traveled 200 or more yards through the vegetation before stopping. I'd have to estimate the total distance traveled to be around 1/4 mile. Traffic was moderately heavy at the time but I didn't notice much in the way of speeding. Highway patrol cruisers were plentiful to be seen. By some grace of God, no one but the two occupants of the car were killed. What I cannot figure out is how the car traveled that distance. In the video link, there was quite an impact to the guardrail that must have slowed the vehicle. Its ride from that point on would have been a bumpy one. About all I could figure is that the gas pedal stuck or the cruise control was on and didn't disengage. I was under the impression that cruise control only worked above certain speeds and, in fact, I've had cars that didn't allow cruise until after 30-35 mph. Also, they wouldn't "resume" if the speed dropped to low. I tested my Caravan this morning and found it would engage at much lower speeds than I remember. It would also resume to highway speed even if I dropped as low as 20 mph. I have to wonder if cruise control operation allowed this vehicle to regain highway speed after the accident even with no driver in the car. I'd hope that couldn't happen.
This was a terrible site to see with my family and we have to feel for the kin of the 66 and 62 year old victims. Quite sobering. Hope all here are safe this holiday. Still shaking here.