Runaway car and boat trailer takes out gas meter and greenhouse in Edmonds

The vehicle smashed through a fence separating the back yards of 423 and 427 2nd Avenue North, destroyed the greenhouse in the latter backyard, and finally came to rest under the splintered remains of the greenhouse.

The vehicle smashed through a fence separating the back yards of 423 and 427 2nd Avenue North, destroyed the greenhouse in the latter backyard, and finally came to rest under the splintered remains of the greenhouse.

It was the last thing John Holmberg was expecting.

He and his wife Mary had just arrived home at about 1:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon, towing their boat behind their shiny new Mercedes Benz GLK-250. According to John, he carefully backed the boat trailer into his driveway at 422 2nd Ave. N., put the car in Park, opened the door and was about to step out when a pleasant Friday afternoon trip turned into a nightmare.

“My foot was barely out the door when the car took off like a shot,” he said. “It was as if the accelerator had been pushed to the floor. I held onto the wheel and hit the brakes, but the car kept going right across the street and into my neighbor’s yard. Mary and I were scared half to death.”

The car with the boat in tow took out the gas meter at 423 2nd Ave. N. before slamming through a fence, destroying a backyard greenhouse, and finally coming to rest under the splintered lumber and shattered glass of what a few minutes before had been an outdoor solarium.

Police, fire and gas company personnel rushed to the scene, secured the area, and quickly shut off the gas supply.

The Holmbergs had just taken delivery on the new car, the temporary dealer registration still taped to the back window. “That car has less than 1,000 miles on it,” said Holmberg. “It hasn’t even been washed yet. And now look at it.”

– Story and photos by Larry Vogel

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Police, fire and gas company crews rushed to the scene and quickly turned off the gas and secured the area.

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With the destroyed gas meter on the left, police and gas company officials discuss the accident with John Holmberg, driver of the runaway vehicle.

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John Holmberg had just backed his car and boat trailer into his driveway (foreground), and was in the process of stepping out of the vehicle when it “spontaneously accelerated” across 2nd Avenue North.

 

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