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Airplane Hits Car in Boulder, CO

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Beware PropellerMotor vehicle accidents are a part of daily life. Most of us have been involved in at least one car accident at some point, even if only as a witness. People can be reckless with their vehicles, and unfortunately, that can lead to accidents. Car accidents, motorcycle accidents and bus accidents happen all the time; but how often do you hear of cars getting hit by airplanes?

Well, if you were around Boulder, CO Municipal Airport on April 28th, you could have witnessed that first hand. According to FoxNews.com:

Ken and Carol Marcoux were watching planes land and take off at the Boulder Municipal Airport when a small plane, flying at about 100 mph, started coming right at their car.

Ken Marcoux quickly stepped on the gas, moving their car forward just enough that the right wingtip of the plane slammed into the back of their Toyota Prius, denting the rear quarter panel of the car and shattering the rear passenger window, the DailyCamera.com reported.

‘It’s amazing,’ Carol Marcoux said. ‘I’m very grateful that I wasn’t decapitated.

Hardly your run of the mill accident! Denver’s Westword brings us a slightly different view:

According to Boulder County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Commander Rick Brough, Curtis crashed his single engine plane at Independence and N. 57th Street near Boulder Municipal Airport. In the process, the Boulder Daily Camera reveals, the aircraft smacked the rear portion of a Prius containing Ken and Carol Marcoux of Gunbarrel, who miraculously emerged from the incident without serious injury — probably because his attempt to accelerate was purposeful, not unintended, as was the case for drivers in this Westword feature.

While it is great news that no one suffered personal injury in the course of the incident, or at least so it would seem, medical issues can often take time to manifest themselves observably. Another unfortunate thing about unusual accidents is that they often involve legal complications. This accident is a great example as the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office will have to step aside due to the involvement of an aircraft. That throws it squarely into the arena of the National Transportation Safety Board.


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