Sunday, 20 August, 2017

Drivers cheat death when auto plunges seven stories onto SUV

VIDEO: BMW plunges 7 floors from downtown parking garage Video captures car falling from 7th floor of parking garage
Lillian Steele | 13 August, 2017, 01:05

Cameras were rolling when a BMW plunged off an Austin parking deck, almost missing an SUV on the ground below.

Austin-Travis County EMS and Austin police said the lady's auto went off the carport close Sixth Street and Brazos Street around 8:30 a.m. July 13.

Seconds later, and as the driver on the ground level is backing up, the auto on the seventh floor comes crashing down.

Burch's window was down, and in terrifying fashion, he quickly learned what the source of the noise was: a BMW sedan falling seven stories to the ground.

An ambulance took the woman to a hospital, but KVUE said yesterday that the woman is "reportedly OK". The surveillance footage shows workers rushing to help the female driver.

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services responded to the parking garage at 508 Brazos Street around 8:30 a.m., after the vehicle broke through a barrier and plunged into an alley.

Burch did not sustain any injuries.

Burch, who was on the phone with his mother at the time of the freak accident, was not injured. "I can just imagine what she was thinking when I had said, 'a vehicle just landed on me, I gotta go'".

Both incidents raised questions about the reliability of the cables as a a safety retention measure, and in the city's ability to regulate safety in public garages - common fixtures in Austin's booming growth.

William Burch, the driver of the SUV, moved his vehicle away from the fallen auto before he and other witnesses rushed to rescue the woman stuck inside. They cited unsafe conditions with relation to the cable system.

A man drove through the barrier cables which wrapped around his tires, suspending his auto from the ninth floor. In the meantime, plastic barriers filled with water serve as buffers on the level.

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