Sunday, September 18, 2016

TOYOTA 4RUNNER dangling out of Downtown Austin parking garage lowered to ground

Vehicle dangling out of Downtown Austin parking garage lowered to ground

by CBS Austin

Friday, September 9th 2016

For just under three hours on Friday afternoon, a running Toyota 4-Runner was dangling alongside a Downtown Austin parking garage near 6th and Congress.
Sometime after 2:30 p.m. the male driver escaped the vehicle. Officials said he climbed to safety without a scratch, only "shaken up."
Witness Zachary Cayson was in the parking garage when it happened and called 911. He said it took only five minutes for the driver to get from his dangling vehicle to inside parking garage.
"I heard him screaming in the car, 'get me out of here,' he wasn't sure what to do. He wasn't hurt or anything, just scared," said Cayson.
YouTube video from Andrew Miller shows the driver climbing out of the vehicle:

Published on Sep 9, 2016
9/9/2016, downtown Austin. A 24 year old man was unable to stop his car and drove off the top of a parking garage in downtown Austin TX. 

Austin Fire Department spoke with the driver. They said he was pulling into a spot at the top of the parking garage when, for whatever reason, he couldn't stop the car. The car drove off the edge but protective cables around the perimeter of the garage got caught in the axel and tires of the SUV. Officials said the car flipped "end over end." The driver had on his seatbelt and was able to climb back inside the garage to safety. 

Karl Schmidt was coming back from a delivery on his bike when he saw the car drive off the edge of the garage.
"The car just came flying off the parking garage, it swung and hit the thing and pieces of the car started falling from the sky. I just heard him screaming for his life," said Schmidt.
Fire officials tethered the car, cut the cable and slowly brought the vehicle back down to the alley way just after 5 p.m.