NEW INFO: 9-Year-Old Trapped In Car Released From Hospital

The little girl who survived two days trapped inside a car in Cove City is now home from the hospital.

The New Bern Sun Journal reports Jordan Landon, 9, was treated for an arm injury and released from Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Troopers hope to interview you the child to determine just what happened the night she and her father, Douglas Landon, 39, were involved in a single-car accident. The father did not survive the crash.

Reports indicate that there were no brake marks before the crash. Previous investigations have shown that the car was traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph.

Surveillance video of the store where Douglas and Jordan last visited before the wreck shows Douglas nodding off while playing a scratch-off lottery ticket, according to authorities.

The wreck is still under investigation, but alcohol has been ruled out as a factor. Reconstruction of the accident could take several weeks.


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A 9-year-old girl was found alive Sunday evening after being trapped in a car for two days after a wreck that killed her father.

According to the Highway Patrol 39-year-old Douglas Landon of Cove City and his 9-year-old daughter, Jordan Landon, left for the store around 10 p.m. Friday night and they didn't come home.

Officials say on Saturday morning the girl's mother reported them missing to the Craven County Sheriff’s Office.

Then around 5:30 p.m. Sunday a man walking on Highway 55 in Cove City near Turkey Quarter Creek Rd. saw a vehicle in a ditch completely turned over. Officials say Landon and the girl were inside that vehicle. Landon was found dead, the 9-year-old was found alive.

Officials say Jordan survived by eating Pop-Tarts and drinking Gatorade. They say she was trapped in the vehicle for two days.

After an investigation, troopers say Landon was driving a 1995 Chevy Monte Carlo on Friday going west on Highway 55 at speeds in excess of 100 mph when the car ran off the road to the right and went into a steep ditch bank. The car then went airborne and landed upside down on its top. Jordan was pinned in the car upside down. Troopers say you could not see the car from the roadway.

The 9-year-old suffered minor injuries; she has been flown to PCMH, but is expected to be okay.

Troopers say no alcohol is suspected at this point.


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  • by Gaylyn Location: Milwaukie, Oregon on Nov 18, 2011 at 10:14 AM
    I first heard of this from one of the first responders who answered this call, even though it wasn't his, because a child was involved. This was the worst thing in his 20 yrs of being a fireman he'd ever seen. He asked everyone he knew to pray for this little girl. And I did. It matters not how this happened. It's done and now time to let this family grieve and help them. It sounds like he was a great father and loved his family very much. He must of been tired. But God rest his soul and keep him. And God Bless his family. Appreciate and love your families for you never know. Only God does.
  • by Angel13 Location: Santa Rosa CA on Nov 18, 2011 at 07:06 AM
    I have known Doug Landon for over 20 yrs. He was a wonderful man and an ibcredible father. He would never do anything to endanger any one of his children. Those of you making
    negatitive comments have no right to do so. My Sister-in-law and her children are suffering enough and the last thing the family needs is people that have no right passing judgement to do so. Thank you to those of you who are being supportive of a wonderful man, husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend...Doug was all of those things and more...let him rest in peace, thank God that Jordy is ok, and pray for her and the rest of our family that they may somehow find a way to move on after such a terrible loss...
  • by Angel13 Location: Santa Rosa CA on Nov 18, 2011 at 07:06 AM
    I have known Doug Landon for over 20 yrs. He was a wonderful man and an ibcredible father. He would never do anything to endanger any one of his children. Those of you making
    negatitive comments have no right to do so. My Sister-in-law and her children are suffering enough and the last thing the family needs is people that have no right passing judgement to do so. Thank you to those of you who are being supportive of a wonderful man, husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend...Doug was all of those things and more...let him rest in peace, thank God that Jordy is ok, and pray for her and the rest of our family that they may somehow find a way to move on after such a terrible loss...
  • by Will Location: Greenville on Nov 17, 2011 at 01:26 PM
    My condolences to the family. Don't you heartless cruel people think the family is going thru enough heartache & pain without people like you all making accusations & pointing fingers! Did you ever think maybe the wife fell asleep & didn't wake up until the next morning? If she had still been awake I'm pretty sure she would've called him after they hadn't made it home by a certain time & would've been seeking help if she couldn't locate him! You people need to ask Santa for a heart for Christmas!
  • by Joyce on Nov 17, 2011 at 07:13 AM
    Condolences to the family. It is nothing more than a miracle that this child only had minor injury. As others have stated the point is a man is dead from a tragic accident. This child had to endure staying in the car with her dad father for two days. Let us pray for her that she can move forward without thinking of this all the days of her life. I would not wish this upon anyone. Please people be compassionate.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Nov 17, 2011 at 06:11 AM
    It is very sad, sad for those who must go on without a Father, a husband, and a son. No one has mentioned possible causes for the out-of-character speed factor, but is it possible that he could have fallen asleep? My husband remarked that he looked like he was nodding off in the video surveillance shown on T.V. At any rate, condolences to the family and friends.
  • by Kay Location: Greenville, N C on Nov 17, 2011 at 05:25 AM
    To the family, I am so sorry you are going through this tragdy. I do no what it's like to lose a loved one. I am so thankful the mother had some food in the car. Yes, this is a little angel, to go through what she did. God give this couple this little girl. God makes no mistakes. I pray God will keep this family in his loving arms and guide them through the days ahead. It doen't mater what people say,GOD KNOWS THE TRUTH. Let him be the judge. I lost a son in a car accident in 2004. NOthing is the same anymore. However I give it all to God. He brought me through it all.
  • by Erica Location: Connecticut on Nov 16, 2011 at 01:23 PM
    Just passed by this story and wanted to send my condolences to the family. That is a very strong 9 yr old girl there, and I'm sending her prayers for her recovery. She is going to have a hard time in the months to come.
  • by Mandy Location: Martin County on Nov 16, 2011 at 06:04 AM
    1st...I am so sorry for this family. 2nd...Does it really matter how fast the car was going or how long it took the mom to report it, that info will not change a thing here. Children have lost a parent and a lady has lost her husband. Really people GET A LIFE!!!
  • by Tabetha Location: Havelock on Nov 15, 2011 at 02:38 PM
    I know Doug personally!! If y'all can't be nice to the family then don't say anything!! He was a sweet guy and he loves his kids to death. He would never do anything to hurt them!! Stop judging him.. If it was one of your family member's y'all would flip if people were talking down on them! So back off people! R.I.P. Doug.. We love you and miss you so much!
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