`Drunk` man survives driving car off 40ft cliff in US

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 19:14

New York: A suspected drunk motorist in US cheated death when his car plunged off a 40 feet cliff but miraculously walked away from the accident without serious injuries.

The man, who has not been named, lost control of the car and smashed through a locked gate and went over the bluff in San Diego early Monday morning.

The driver was able to get out of the car on his own and was walking around and talking right after the impact around Sunset Cliff Beach.

It appeared the back end of the car hit the rocks as it plunged down the cliff, estimated at about 35 to 40 feet high, San Diego Fire-Rescue Captain Joseph Diko said.

"He was fighting, screaming and yelling," paramedic Josh Miramontez told U-T San Diego.

The driver was hoisted to safety by a helicopter in a rescue basket before being taken to hospital for treatment for minor injuries.

Fire officials said it was possible the driver was under the influence of alcohol.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 19:13

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