Ford Motor Co. is killing most of its cars, and Mother Nature appears eager to help out.
One of the most viral videos to emerge from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano eruption this month was a time-lapse of lava swallowing a white 2004 Ford Mustang parked alongside a deserted road. The mesmerizing video, which went viral on social media and TV news reports, shows undulating blobs of molten rock creep across the pavement, set the driver's side of the Mustang on fire and ultimately engulf the car.
The website WXChasing.com found the Mustang's owner, Michael Hale, who also lost his house to the eruption that began May 3.
Hale said he owns a small rental-car business and had, with some help, managed to move all but two vehicles: the Mustang and a small truck. He had been working on the Mustang and said it needed to be jump-started, so he ended up leaving it behind — and hadn't thought much about the car until learning that people around the world had seen it get incinerated.
Hale, who said he's been sleeping in a van since evacuating, called the video "a moment of a lot of levity."
While many who watched the video lamented the Mustang's demise, Hale said he cared more about the R2-D2 mailbox that can be seen being consumed in front of the car, because his daughter made it for him several years ago.
"That had sentimental value for me," he said. "The Mustang — I do have another car."