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Car Falls Seven Stories, Driver Lives To Tell The Tale (Video)

| by Lauren Briggs
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A Texas woman experienced the shock of her life when her car plummeted seven stories with her inside of it (video below). Though the driver is seriously injured, it is nothing short of miraculous that she lived to tell the tale.

The video, which police released on Aug. 10, shows a BMW sedan hitting the ground hood first on July 13 and crunching before swinging backwards onto a Chevrolet Tahoe and then landing on its roof in Austin, Texas. Onlookers then run over and attempt to help.

According to police, driver Christi Bowmer accidentally hit her gas pedal instead of the brakes, which sent her barreling past the garage barriers and plummeting down below, reports KXAN.

"I went straight down, and I watched myself in slow motion," Bowmer told the Austin American-Statesman. "I thought I was going to die."

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As for William Burch, the driver of the Chevy, he was parking in the alley on construction business when something caught his attention and nearly killed him, notes KXAN.

"My window was down and I heard something really loud and abnormal, so I started driving forward and the vehicle landed on the backside of my Tahoe," said Burch.

He was not injured and his car was still OK to drive, but the crash knocked out his back windows. Considering that Burch likey would have died if his timing was off by a few seconds, it could have been much worse.

Burch said he was talking on the phone to his mother when it happened.

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"I can just imagine what she was thinking when I had said, 'A car just landed on me, I gotta go,'" he said.

This is not the first time something like this happened in the same parking garage. On Sept. 9, 2016, a 24-year-old man drove off the ninth and top floor of the parking garage. His car got caught in the barrier wires mid air, and he managed to climb out, leaving his car hanging for hours. 

"After the [2016] incident, we engaged a structural engineer to review the situation, and repairs to the safety barriers were performed according to his recommendation," reads a statement from the garage's owner, GTT Parking LP. "The city of Austin permitted and inspected such repairs to their satisfaction."

Bowmer suffered a broken back, broken leg, broken ankle and a broken sternum, as well as two arterial hemorrhages in her head, notes the Statesman.

Sources: KXAN (2, 3), Austin American-Statesman / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Daniel X. O'Neil/FlickrXnatedawgx/Wikimedia Commons

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