Grand Canyon Crash

April 28, 2011 by staff 

Grand Canyon Crash, (AP) – The National Park Service rangers were trying to determine Wednesday how a man’s car left a road and plunged into the Grand Canyon, narrowly avoiding a fatal free fall to the bottom of the throat.

The car ended up lodged against a tree about 200 feet below the south rim of the canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, said spokeswoman Maureen Oltrogge. Another cliff began more than 10 feet in the man’s car stopped.

A visitor to the park said they found the injured man, 21 years old, along a stretch of Desert View Drive around 7:45 pm Monday. The man told him that he had accidentally driven his car over the edge of the canyon.

He told rangers answer had been released from the vehicle and climbed up the border to seek help.

The driver was treated at Flagstaff Medical Center for injuries are not life threatening, said Oltrogge. She refused to give the man’s identity or hometown to the rangers has completed their investigation.

The accident occurred about 6 miles east of Grand Canyon Village, near a point known as Twin Overlooking.

The man’s car was still in place on Wednesday, park officials were beginning to develop a plan to recover, Oltrogge said. In similar cases, the authorities have used a helicopter to take heavy vehicles have been driven off the rim.

These accidents are rare, and some have alleged attempt or suicide, but officials would not say if they are suspected in the crash on Monday.

A California man intentionally drove his car off the edge of the canyon in July 2009 from the parking lot of the famous El Tovar Hotel. In December, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited the Grand Canyon as the second in the nation among national parks in suicides. The CDC report said 11 suicides and 10 attempts between 2003 and 2009 in the park along the Arizona-Utah line.

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