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Ramblin' Wreck Is 'Unsafe,' Georgia Tech Student Discovers

Some things in life should really be self-explanatory, but nonetheless have legal warnings because someone can't figure them out. Perhaps soon to be added to that list: The Ramblin' Wreck, one of Georgia Tech's most famous symbols and apparently mistaken by one student for a model of good craftsmanship.

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A Georgia Tech student has filed suit against the school and a Cobb County metal fabricator, blaming them for injuries he suffered when a hand rail broke and he fell off Tech's iconic car, the Ramblin' Wreck.

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The suit, filed Wednesday in Fulton Superior Court, names Tech, the company and the state of Georgia as defendants. The suit holds Tech responsible for "promoting the unsafe use of a vehicle by students."

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The filing is amazing for a couple of reasons, the most notable being the idea that a "Ramblin' Wreck" would somehow be safe to begin with. But also: If you fell off an 80-year-old car driving at 15 miles per hour, would you really want to advertise the fact? Wouldn't you let it just quietly go away?