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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=81598
Submitted by: Adambomb
Comments: 5  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 1  (View)
Submitted on: 05-10-2010
View Stats Category: Vehicle Misc
"This is the "corpse" of an old KOMO-TV news car that was involved in the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens. Early on that morning, KOMO photographer Dave Crockett, who had been rotated out a couple weeks before, returned to the volcano on a hunch - and without anyone at KOMO aware of his plans. He nearly lost his life when the volcano erupted, videotaping an eleven-minute "march through darkness" narrating his "last words". The car was recovered on an old logging road in June of 1980, and was auctioned off to the owner of a gift shop/restaurant in Kid Valley.
The car (a 1978 Mercury Monarch with a mere 48,000 miles on it), which has been sitting here since, has badly deteriorated. In 1990, the car was still driveable and was very much intact. In the mid '90s, condition deteriorated, and currently the car is but a former shell of itself."


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5-10-2010 @ 09:43:40 PM
Posted By : ricerocketboy Reply | Edit | Del
Looks like a still from a serial killer documentary. Interesting find, man.

5-11-2010 @ 02:41:38 AM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
Here's some of the footage the guy shot, which includes several shots of the car: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njV9ski1gB4

It's a shame nobody has bothered to preserve the car. After surviving a freaking volcano, I'd say it's earned it's right to exist.

5-11-2010 @ 02:45:34 AM
Posted By : wannabemustangjockey Reply | Edit | Del
May 18, 1980: The day Dave Crockett learned that he was not, in fact, king of the wild frontier.

5-11-2010 @ 07:08:36 PM
Posted By : 95T-Bird Reply | Edit | Del
Ya I remember watching that video in college, its really something. Too bad what happend to the car.

3-29-2012 @ 11:40:10 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
Well, it won't be restored, but it'll at least be preserved from now on: http://tdn.com/news/local/article_a...1cc4c002e0.html

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