The Ford Escort, like many Ford cars and light trucks, comes equipped with a fuel-pump shut off. This fuel-pump shut off, called an inertia switch, prevents fuel from being pumped to the engine in the event of an accident like a rear end collision or rollover. A defective inertia.
The inertia switch is either in the trunk or by your right foot on the passenger side in the plastic kick panel. It is a red button that needs pushed.
Like he said I've seen the fuel pump just stop until it cooled off and then start working again so that the car would run. Also you could have a.