Drivers cheat death when car plunges seven stories onto SUV

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A lucky SUV driver in Texas narrowly escaped being crushed by a BMW that plummeted seven stories off a parking garage.

Jaw-dropping surveillance video shows the BMW coupe crashing head first into an alley in downtown Austin – only a few feet away from William Burch, who was in his Chevrolet Tahoe at the time.

The impact of the crash sent the BMW bouncing off the back of the Tahoe before it comes to a rest on its roof.

Burch, who had his window down, had just pulled a U-turn at the entrance of Littlefield Garage July 13 and was driving away when he suddenly heard a noise and braked, he told KXAN.

The woman driving the BMW mistook the gas pedal for the brake, sending the car flying off the roof deck, according to police. She suffered serious 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 said, ‘A car just landed on me, I gotta go,’” Burch said.

A similar accident occurred at the same garage Sept. 9, 2016 when a 24-year-old man crashed through the barriers on the top level. His SUV was caught by barrier wires, leaving the car hanging off the side of the garage. The driver managed to escape with the help of a bystander.

Littlefield was cited for unsafe conditions for its barrier cable systems in that incident.

The Austin Code Department said the owner of Littlefield Garage has been in touch with engineering firms to make upgrades and repairs.



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