Austin man drives car off side of parking garage

A 2004 Toyota 4Runner dangles over the edge of a parking garage in downtown Austin on Friday. The SUV's 24-year-old driver told officials the car broke through the garage's wire barrier and suspended the vehicle long enough for him to climb to safety through the sunroof. The Austin Fire Department responded and lowered the SUV to the ground. No one was injured. Photo by Austin Fire Department/Facebook

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 10 (UPI) — An Austin man survived a fall off the 9th floor of a parking garage after he accidentally drove through the wire barrier on Friday.

The man’s 2004 Toyota 4Runner was caught in the wire barrier long enough for him to climb through the sunroof to safety on the 8th floor. Austin firefighters responded┬áto the scene and lowered the vehicle 25 feet to the ground below.

The 24-year-old driver told police he was pulling into a parking space when he drove through the wire barrier.

“From what we understand, the driver accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake,” the Austin Fire Department posted to their Facebook page where they chronicled the event.

No one was injured.

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