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Ames woman takes frightening ride

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A 47-year-old Iowa woman walked away uninjured after her SUV's accelerator became stuck on Interstate 29 in Missouri and took her on a high-speed ride with highway troopers in pursuit.

Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Sheldon Lyon says the woman's 2011 Kia Sorento hit speeds in excess of 110 mph Sunday after getting stuck at 100 percent throttle.

The panicked woman called 911 when she couldn't slow down as she traveled north near Bethany, Mo.

Two troopers driving at high speeds caught up with her, with one pulling in front of her and the other behind as she weaved through traffic and drove into the median to avoid hitting cars.

The three vehicles traveled 59 miles in 35 minutes before the woman's vehicle stopped near Osceola, Iowa.

Cedar Falls Police Chief Jeff Olson says it is rare for an accelerator to get stuck, but if does happen he says there are a few things you can do.

"They can put the car immediately in neutral. Obviously if your vehicle's in neutral the engine is still going to rev, but your car will not be headed forward at those great speeds. There are some other things to. Obviously you can apply the brake, which you want to do right away. Another option is that you could turn the car off. When you turn it off you don't want to turn it off completely off because your steering wheel will lock," said Olson.

Kia Motors America is looking into the cause of the problem. So far they say their technicians can't duplicate the issue and they believe it was an isolated incident.

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