Circa 1982 I was working out of town in upstate NY on a Hydro power project.
I was driving a 2wd C20 3/4 ton suburban.
I went to dinner one night. Headed down a 2 lane state highway 50 mph speed limit.
About 5 miles into the trip I reached over to change the radio. I accidentally hit the column shift into neutral at 50mph.
The engine revved loudly and I heard a bang. Back into gear, and oil press looked fine, so I continued on.
About 10 miles further I went to pull off into a Diner parking lot. As I applied the brakes to slow down the pedal went to the floor! I swearved through the lot (it was gravel) at probably 45+ mph. At the end of the lot was nothing but a diner full of customers. I hit the ebrake with little effect, last ditch effort was to throw it into park. A loud clicking sound erupted, but about five feet from the front window the truck finally stopped.
The look of the two guys sitting at the table in front of me was classic. Mouths half open with food hanging out.
They watched as I screamed through the lot right towards them!
I got out, straightened my self out when a crowd of people came out to see what the heck happened.
Turns out the loud bang was a blade on the flex fan flying off and literally cut both brake lines from the master!
Amazingly for me and others I had green lights for 2 or 3 intersections because I would have T boned someone at 50+ mph!
Something I will never forget!