Wreck ignition for 'ghost car' that started on its own
November 7, 2005
Kempten, Germany: A "ghost car" that started itself up without a driver, travelled in a curve and rammed a wall left residents of a city in Germany's Alpine foothills scratching their heads in puzzlement yesterday.
Police said they were called to register the freak collision on Saturday.
A woman witness described how the engine of the parked car suddenly sprang into life and it moved off driverless in a semicircle before hitting the wall and stalling.
Police established that the car was locked and there was no key in the ignition. A gear was engaged.
The owner-driver could not be contacted, so the car was lifted back into its original parking spot by a tow-crane. The damage to the car and wall were minor.
"We are fairly convinced it did start itself," said a police spokesman.