Moment 90-year-old drives off cliff – and miraculously survives

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A 90-year-old man drove off a cliff overlooking Lake Erie in Ohio and miraculously survived – after rescue crews extricated him from his vehicle.

Police body camera footage captured the extreme measures that rescue personnel took to save the elderly man on Thursday in Willowick.

‘If you continue to go straight, it’s over the embankment, which is approximately a 40-foot drop,’ Willowick Fire Department Lt Tom Henry, who was one of the first at the crash scene, told KFOR. ‘The patient was awake and talking, he was alert at that time. It was going to prove to be a pretty challenging extrication.’

Extricating the man was a difficult because the car landed on the driver’s side, Henry said.

An image of rescue crews extricating the 90-year-old driver

Extricating the 90-year-old man was a difficult because the car landed on the driver’s side (Picture: KFOR)

‘It was right on the shoreline of Lake Erie,’ Henry explained. ‘As a matter of fact, as we were pulling him out of, extricating him from the car, the waves were crashing against our feet.’

Mutual aid crews from Eastlake and Wickliffe were called to the scene due to their rescue teams and helped take the driver out of his car. In the body cam footage, they could be heard telling the man to put his arms across his chest.

Seven firefighters then carried the man back up the 40-foot steep embankment.  

The driver was airlifted by LifeFlight to a hospital close by with non-life-threatening injuries. After medical treatment, he was released.

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