Vehicle plunges seven floors from parking garage into alley below

A woman is recovering from serious injuries suffered when the auto she was driving plunged from the seventh story of an Austin, Texas, parking garage. Officer say she hit the wrong pedal on the 7th floor of the garage, breaking through the cable wiring linking the outer parking spots.

The incident marked the second time in less than a year that a vehicle broke through the barriers of the same parking garage.

No serious injuries were reported.

Miraculously, the BMW driver escaped with only minor injuries after her auto violently slammed into the floor and hit another vehicle below.

Burch was uninjured. He was on the phone with his mother when the BMW landed on his auto. The surveillance footage shows workers rushing to help the female driver.

A 24-year-old driver crashed through the barriers but a barrier cable caught his SUV and he was rescued by a bystander.

In the video released by the Austin Police Department on Thursday, an SUV drives slowly through an alley then comes to a stop.

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

This was the second incident of its kind this year at the Littlefield Parking Garage; last September, another vehicle drove through the same retention wires and though it didn't fall, was left dangling in the air from the ninth floor. In the meantime, plastic barriers filled with water serve as buffers on the level.

Vanessa Coleman

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