Driver survives seven-storey plunge from Texas auto park

Kristopher Drake
August 13, 2017

Last September, another auto drove through the retention wires of the same garage and was left dangling nine stories in the air, but didn't fall.

Austin police released video of a vehicle falling seven stories from a parking garage on July 13. Police say the woman mistook the gas pedal for the brake and crashed through the parking garage barriers.

The video shows it hitting the ground before bystanders run to the driver's aid.

Medics took the driver to Dell Seton Medical Center to be treated for serious injuries, police said at the time.

The frightful scene unfolds in surveillance video released by the Austin Police Department on Thursday.


A similar incident occurred last September at the same parking structure. Both the driver of the BMW and the driver of the Tahoe were reportedly okay after the incident.

The cables are hanging just as they were after the crash on July 13th. The driver was transported to the hospital and was expected to survive, while Burch walked away unharmed.

The owner of the Littlefield Garage, located at 508 Brazos St., said these were the only two incidents of this kind they've experienced. The wires wrapped around the wheels of the vehicle, leaving William O'Connor dangling from the garage for an hour before he was rescued, the Statesman reported.

Bowmer says the wires that serve as walls in the parking garage made her "freak out". City code enforcement has made several visits to the site and is working with the property owner, their engineer and a city engineer to bring the cable system into compliance.

"You know that you're about to die", O'Connor said.

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